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Mindletic Journal Interpretation - High-energy unpleasant quadrant

How to interpret emotions in the Mindletic journal?

A study by Barrett (1998) shows that emotions are based on a dimensional model, which emphasized two qualities: valence (level of pleasantness) and arousal (bodily activation).

Based on this emotion dimensional model, the Mindletic journal defines emotions as having two dimensions, pleasantness and energy. The horizontal axis is meant to track pleasantness – it represents how pleasant or unpleasant we feel. The vertical axis represents energy: how much physical energy is running through our bodies. The two axes cross to form four quadrants, and each has a color that you can interpret using this guide:

The high-energy unpleasant quadrant (mahogany) represents emotions such as being angry, shocked, anxious, or concerned. This is an excellent time to channel this whirlwind energy to e.g. write a persuasive argument or advocate for something you believe in. It is also a good place to be when you want to take action on something important or to compete in debate or sports. Make sure you reflect on what triggers you to arrive at this unpleasant high-energy state.

How to move away from this quadrant when needed?

Try going for a walk to clear your head, listening to your stress-busting music, or taking a few slow deep breaths to calm your body. Use the Self-care section in Mindletic or a rephrasing self-talk (e.g., “This is a part of my day, but it does not define my whole day”).