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Emotional Barometer

A Tool to Explain Our Moods


It can be difficult to explain how we actually feel;  it can also be just as hard for us to even understand our own moods.  When asked how we are, we tend to just say, 'OK' but that's not remotely what we actually mean in any accurate way.  


The School of Life have created this barometer tool to get past the vagueness: a set of cards  they describe as offering 'definitions of twenty moods that we can all recognise but that can be hard to pin down and explain...These cards help us reach a clearer understanding of our inner emotional weather.'  


A useful tool that can be shared with friends and colleagues (or use as a display on the desk) making it easier to understand what's going on inside us, without needing to say too much. 


For if you are:

Anxious, Loving, Dreamy, Confident, Guilty, Sulky, Grateful, Envious, Solitary, Obsessed, Ugly, Practical, Weepy, Sensual, Melancholy, Self-Pitying, Needy, Happy, Awed, Nostalgic.


Quotes from the Cards:


On Feeling Anxious

'Everyone is more anxious than they are inclined to tell us. Even the tycoon and the couple in love are suffering. We've collectively failed to admit to ourselves how much it is customary to panic. But we can at least hold out our arms to our similarly tortured, fractured, and above all else, anxious neighbours, as if to say, in the kindest way possible: 'I know...'


On Feeling Obsessive

'We should enjoy our obsessive moods. To obsess well is to realise that the lovely person we sketch in our heads is our creation: a creation that says more about us than it does about them. We may not really be getting to know another person properly, but we are growing our insight into who we really are.'


On Feeling Sulky

'Sulking combines intense anger with an intense desire not to communicate what we are angry about. This brings us to the odd privilege of being the recipient of a sulk: we only get into a sulk with people whom we feel should understand - that is, people we respect. It is one of the stranger gifts of love.'


Box of twenty cards with movable dial and fold-out stand on box lid

 Measures 160 x 115 x 20mm