Emotions: The QuickStart Guide

As I mentioned here, a useful first step in processing emotions is to try and name them.

Most eye-witnesses can’t draw a picture of someone they saw committing a crime. But if you put them in front of a police line-up,  they can immediately recognise the perpetrator.

So how about a police line-up of emotions?! And to keep it really simple, let’s limit it to just 4 … that rhyme with each other. 🙂 Ask yourself:

Am I …





If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, contact Samaritans (Ireland and Northern Ireland) on 116 123 or Lifeline (Northern Ireland) on 0808 808 8000.


Emma MacAdam, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Thanks to Kate Aherne for the wonderful image!