As human beings we like to put things in boxes. Have you already noticed? The same applies with the emotions.

A researcher by the name of Löveheim (Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine, Umeå University, SE-901 85 Umeå, Sweden) has developed a new three-dimensional model (back in 2011) for monoamine neurotransmitters and emotions (the monoamines serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline have a great impact on mood, emotion and behavior).

Löveheim Cube of Emotions

In the model, the monoamine systems (neurotransmitters) are represented as orthogonal axes and the eight basic emotions, labeled according to Tomkins (a famous psychologist and personality theorist), are placed at each of the eight possible extreme values, represented as corners of a cube. The model may help in understanding human emotions, psychiatric illness and the effects of psychotropic drugs. However, further empirical studies are needed to establish its validity.

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This above model is somehow challenging a more classical approach on “how to classify human emotions”. See below :

Arousal and Valence in emotions – picture taken on Superagonist blog

Side note:

The name Löveheim could be split in 2 words, “love” and “heim” (meaning “home” in German). What a beautiful combination for the last name of the inventor of a model that tries to put the emotions in a cube 😉 !

David is an entrepreneur and a digital marketing professional with 17+ years’ experience. He owns an Executive MBA from the Louvain School of Management. He also gives lectures in Belgian business schools.

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