(For more help with managing emotions see “Changing your Mind with the Wheel of Awareness!”)

Please use these charts to help you to identify what emotions and feelings you are experiencing at any given time.  Knowing what you feel is validating in and of itself and being able to communicate what you are feeling to others moves you closer to being understood, which is an intimacy need we all have.

To that point, a simple “Emotional Self-Awareness Card” that I provide for visitors to use with others to help with communication is:

In 3 minutes or less, share these 3 things:

  1. My Thinking: “What I am thinking about is…”
  2. My Feelings: “What I am feeling about this is..”
  3. Going Forward: “Going forward, I’m going to…” or, “Going forward, what I’d like for you to consider is…”

In conclusion, being able to talk about your thoughts, feelings and what you are going to do constructively in light of your self-awareness creates clarity, empowerment and direction. Click here if you’d like to read about eight specific emotions and what you can do about them.

Feelings Wheel

Feelings wheel

Intensity of Feelings Chart

Feelings Chart 3

Where in my body do I feel…


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Feelings
PTSD Brain Chart

Feelings and Behaviors related to Trauma, Grief and Loss

Negative Feelings

Thanks for visiting and please visit the other blogs written by Dr Ken McGill: Dr Ken McGill’s blog and Daily Bread for Life as well as my website (drkenmcgill.com) for additional information that could be helpful.

I welcome your comments below or via email and your favorites, your retweets and your “+1’s” if you have a brief moment and find the information helpful. Again, it is my desire to provide the very best info for your consideration.

TeleHealth/Video counseling sessions are available for those who prefer to meet online – Dr. McGill

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Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. I love that you’re posting this information and these helpful images. May I get your permission to use the Feelings Wheel in my ebook to help parents and children improve their relationships? A big part of it is learning to talk about emotions and I think this visual would be very helpful.


  2. Thank you so much for this information and images. I struggle with the loss of my daughter and have been working thru the christian based Grief Share program. while doing research for the program and working on an art piece to express my thoughts and emotions i came across this post.

    God is working thru you to reach his believers during their times of crisis. Thank you for opening a door for me.


  3. Thank You for your fine compilation of different kind of chart of emotions. I´d like to inform you of two Finnish websites, which can shed light on this issue too.



    I´m going to link this blog site on my Finnish site http://tunnetunteesi.wordpress.com concerning about SDG*Chart of Emotions under the first picture in text.

    Best wishes,


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  4. […] identifying and expressing the intensity of the emotion they are experiencing at that moment? This blog article has a great Emotions Wheel with tons of words to choose from! Use Some Hands-On Activities Your […]



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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.