I am not sure when I was introduced to a “feeling wheel,” but in the last few months, I was given a feeling wheel at a meditation class, and a college professor discussed how counselors use them to help clients find words to explain how they feel. For Valentines Day, my wife and I gave each of our college-age kids a “feeling wheel.” Dr. Gloria Wilcox is believed to have developed the “feeling wheel. Here is a brief document with a “feeling wheel” description by Dr. Wilcox, including an exercise.
Below are two feeling wheels, the first published by The Gottman Institute and the second by Geoffrey Roberts.
Click to download a pdf version of The-Gottman-Institute_The-Feeling-Wheel
I Feel – Emotional Word Wheel – The Feel Wheel by Geoffrey Roberts
Click to download the second feeling wheel and hear from Geoffrey Roberts.