- Pick up a blank Emotionometer handout from the table, and choose 3-4 colors that you want to use to make the Anger Emotionomter (the top half of the handout).
- The Anger Emotionometer shows a range from CALM (no anger) to ENRAGED (lots of anger). There are spaces for nine words along this range. There are four blanks; write words that you think fit best to show the changing amounts of anger.
- Add colors to show anger at each step from slow/small (on left) to big/fast (on right)
Next, you can repeat the same process with a different feeling word… such as Joy, Sorrow, Acceptance, Trust, Anticipation… or any feeling that interests you!
- Find another person who made an Emotionometer. In what ways are yours similar or different?
- Was it easier to think of words or to draw pictures? Why do you think that is?
- Next time you have a feeling, what would happen if you remember your Emotionmeter and use a very precise word to describe what you are feeling?
Invite participants to write a story, letter, or a journal entry using a wide range of feeling words showing how feelings can become more or less intense in small steps.