Forget happy, sad and angry…a new study finds that humans have more than two dozen emotions. Previous research showed we had only six significant emotional states. Now it's found that we have 27 distinct categories of emotion. Crisis trauma counselor Veronica Sites says we, and our emotions, are very complex.
“We so often try to simply and categories into major groups without taking into consideration that there are subcategories to the major things,” said Sites.
She says there's a wide range of joy-which can be an absence of chaos. And, happy might be more than a smile on your face or expression of joy in the heart.
“We try to press everything into, as far as like fear, or anger, surprise, happy, sad,” said Sites.
Researchers hope the findings can help with better psychiatric treatments.