Atlas of Character Qualities, Feelings & Emotions

Presented is the Atlas of Feelings and Character Qualities.

Scientific background:
The Plutchik‘s Wheel of Emotions and The Unity of Opposites

Atlas of Feelings for print (Poster)

Correlations with moral qualities and character traits: Atlas vs Big Five


Похожее изображениеHow it was obtained

First I took Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions and „reversed it inside out“, so that all subtle qualities occurred in the center (where they can further unite into more subtle qualities and feelings, forming a „Heart of Soul“), whereas all „brutal“ ones appeared on the edge (thus protecting Heart from the outer space). Then I added intermediary segments and layers according to the logic described in Lithuanian version: Jausmų Atlasas

As I am far from being fluent in English, help is needed to make it more accurate. Some words may be superfluous, overly complex, inaccurate, or in the wrong order. But there are simple rules that help finding such inaccuracies.

The Atlas consists of 24 radial segments and 10 axial layers, giving 240 cells. Each cell contains a unique character quality, feeling, or emotion („quality“) which is described by one or two words. The rules that help to check their correctness are as follows:

First. All qualities should change smoothly in all directions, so that each one should be an „average“ of all neighboring cells. E.g., Evaluation (1-e) is an average of Distrust (1-f),  Being lost (2-f), Cluelessness (2-e), Surprise (2-d), Doubt (1-d), Brooding (24-d), Sadness (24-e), Melancholy (24-f)

Second. Moving from the edge to the center of the scheme makes a given quality or feeling more and more „subtle“, so that in the center we have the most desired virtues, that collectively can be called the „Eternal Love“. (Whatever is closer to the edges can be called „sins“, that protect our Souls from „brutalities“ of the outer space.)

Third. Qualities of the opposite segments of the same axial layers should balance each other.  E.g., Doubt (1-d) balances Trust (13-d); Devotion (7-c) balances Pliability (19-c); etc

Fourth. Any quality should „heal“ (make more „subtle“) all qualities from the lower levels in the opposite segment. E.g., Evaluation (1-e) heals Naivety (13-f), Anxiety (13-g), etc., transforming them into Overconfidence (13-e).

Fifth. Any quality should be healed by all qualities from the higher levels in the opposite segment. E.g., Disapproval (1-g) is transformed into Evaluation (1-e) by Overconfidence (13-e) and into Doubt (1-d) by Trust and Optimism (13-d)

More of similar rules can by found in Kuriam Edukacinius Žaidimus (in Lithuanian only)

Some words repeat in different cells under different meanings, e.g., Ease (6-b, 20-b), Anxiety (17-f, 13-g), Passion (15-b, 14-b), Naivety (5-g, 13-f), Obsession (14-i, 12-i), Blindness (9-i, 5-g), Disgust (21-i, 19-h), Indifference (9-j, 19-j), etc. It would be good to minimize such cases

A very important feature of this Atlas is that in the center (yellow region, layer a) it lists all virtues that guarantee „infinitive happiness“ with ever-increasing ability to become „more and more perfect“.

In everyday life we rarely think about our „true goals of self-development“. But here we have a unique possibility to understand these goals by extrapolating the meaning of various qualities from the lower levels to the higher ones.  Therefore it is important to select such words that (1) would inspire us to think of more beautiful central qualities in yellow region, and (2) would facilitate their understanding through a „smooth“ transition from the lower levels to the higher ones (i.e., from red to grey, then  to white, and finally to yellow).

Equally important is to preserve the smooth transition of all qualities around the central axis. Clockwise movement (on a given level or by a spiral line crossing many different levels) simulates the changes of our feelings in many real life situations.

Картинки по запросу torus(At this stage we don’t aim at reflecting ALL possible changes of our feelings,  as in such case we would need to consider a three-dimensional torus with many „hidden paths“ through its body. Presumably this will represent our next step, after the current translation will be finished)

If you decide to contribute to this translation, the following Word file may be useful: Table of Feelings and Emotions. It lists all qualities from the Atlas in a Word table, which you can modify and send me back at

Current version was obtained by translating from lithuanian and russian, using:

thesaurus словарь

During translation I did not try to preserve the exact meaning of all words. Yet, preserving the common meaning (and above mentioned „balancing rules“) is important.

Also needs to be translated an instruction of how to use this Atlas in practice:

Naudojimo  Instrukcija

Атлас Чувственных Энергий

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