I'm trying to order Plutchik's emotions model from the most negative to the most positive.

These are the emotions in alphabetical order:

anger, anticipation, disgust, fear, joy, sadness, surprise, trust

I didn't find anything online regarding this. Can someone help me?

  • $\begingroup$ I think they are context specific. E.g Disgust, you may assume to be negative but it's evolution & purpose is to keep you alive (avoiding certain foods). Depends on the perspective. $\endgroup$ – Bournebee Feb 16 '20 at 20:29
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    $\begingroup$ Why do you think they should have an ordering from negative to positive? $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Feb 18 '20 at 0:06
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    $\begingroup$ More generally, it isn't clear that emotions have this dimension at all. For example, check out this great post: psychology.stackexchange.com/a/9500/7001, where the same emotion can be very negative or very positive or anything else inbetween, depending on context. $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Feb 19 '20 at 6:42
  • $\begingroup$ @BryanKrause , because of this picture: positivepsychology.com/wp-content/uploads/… , but my problem is that some emotions (e.g. fear and disgust) have the same level of "negative". $\endgroup$ – user_007 Feb 19 '20 at 9:49

Negative to positive suggests a linear scale between negative and positive. The literature does not seem to support such a one dimensional scale.

There is a two-dimensional taxonomy that has the personality descriptor 'negative' in cell (-2,-2) and positive in (2,2), which suggests a diagonal line on the two-dimensional plane that best represents negative to positive (Mobbs, 2020).

The words are scored and sorted in accordance with the atlas as follows.

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Mobbs AED (2020) An atlas of personality, emotion and behaviour. PLoS ONE 15(1): e0227877. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227877


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