Abraham teaches that there's an emotional scale that runs from feeling really good (#1, joy/freedom/love) to feeling really, really bad (#22, fear/grief/depression/powerlessness). Here's the full scale:

  1. Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love
  2. Passion
  3. Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
  4. Positive Expectation/Belief
  5. Optimism
  6. Hopefulness
  7. Contentment
  8. Boredom
  9. Pessimism
  10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience
  11. Overwhelment
  12. Disappointment
  13. Doubt
  14. Worry
  15. Blame
  16. Discouragement
  17. Anger
  18. Revenge
  19. Hatred/Rage
  20. Jealousy
  21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness
  22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

Looking at the scale and my own experience it seems to me that the scale's neutral point is between boredom and contentment. Why is the scale seemingly so lopsided? Why do we (seem to) have so many more emotional steps on the negative side than on the positive side? For some reason, I would expect balance. Are our emotions actually not equal steps? Should I imagine the emotions on the negative side of the scale to be smaller steps, less weighted, if you will, than the steps on the positive side? That is, is the vibrational difference between "insecurity" and "jealousy" actually quite small, but then once you cross the neutral point into "contentment", is the vibrational jump between that and "hopefulness" quite large?

(I'm having trouble visualizing this - sorry if this is an unclear question.)

asked 05 May '13, 12:43

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love this question :)

(05 May '13, 13:29) ru bis
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The Abraham emotional scale is not meant to be a complete list of every emotion that exists.

It is a symbolic representation only

You could create the following scale instead which would be just as accurate - and may appeal more to your sense of symmetry.

Stingray's Emotional Scale :)

  1. Positive Emotions
  2. Neutral
  3. Negative Emotions

The reason the Abraham emotional scale can never be complete is because different word labels symbolize different emotions for different people. See Why is 'doubt' lower on the Emotional Guidance Scale than 'pessimism'?

What Abraham have done is just to give you a starting point for you to pin your own symbolic emotional representations upon e.g. most people agree that blame feels better than anger...however that doesn't mean that someone, someday might disagree because of their internal word-emotion mapping.

It is therefore far more important to understand the relative relationships between the emotions rather than the absolute meaning of them, because the absolute meaning differs from person to person.

A simpler way to always make sure you are using the emotional scale correctly is to always reach for relief wherever you are on the scale. See Is the feeling of relief an emotion? In doing this, you make the emotional word-labels irrelevant.


answered 05 May '13, 14:59

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All we need do is take 22 and divide in half. That gets us 11 overwhelmed, yes most seem overwhelmed. So the natural balance point most seem to fit is overwhelmed.

Yes I have noticed most seem overwhelmed in one or more areas of life. When you start talking about money, debt or bills most seems like they agree they feel overwhelmed.


answered 05 May '13, 18:34

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Wade Casaldi

Yes this emotional scale can be perceived lopsided because we're only examining half the picture ... the flip side to emotion is non emotion, animal vibration, peace if you prefer, our natural state. As humans all emotions are useful they allow us to communicate and adapt ourselves to the various situations that we encounter, to make decisions and to understand each other and in this sense emotions are neither good nor bad, they all have equal value. Emotions can be represented like waves on the surface of water, when peaceful the surface is flat and calm, as soon as emotions are felt the water becomes choppy.

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Imagine now rising above the water and looking downwards, we would hardly see any difference between choppy water and calm peaceful water ... from this point of view, peace and the emotional scale can be represented by circles, a clear circle for peace

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and a circle divided equally representing the 22 emotions

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and this introduces the concept of horizontal energies as perceived from the world of duality, at the surface of the globe, and the concept of vertical energies as perceived from higher up so to speak ... from this we can easily imagine the importance of the cross symbol ... that which is hidden, that which is often considered forbidden

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"the emotions that once had control over you will now be part of an experience that you will assess with calm detachment"


see things from a place of calm ... "then your life will flow effortlessly and joy and peace will be yours"


answered 06 May '13, 04:19

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ru bis

edited 06 May '13, 04:28


i'd love to know why the down vote @arpgme ... i'm all ears :)

(06 May '13, 05:00) ru bis

Lucky I had vote left to zero it out. I love the clip & your answer rubis!

(06 May '13, 05:02) ele

nice to see you @ele, what would i do without you lol

(06 May '13, 05:08) ru bis

haha... I'm usually roaming around late at night. IQ should give me a job....... I love righting wrongs!

(06 May '13, 05:11) ele

You know me - I love a mystery. I know who voted you down. I think this user has time to change his vote - has an hour! Possibly an accident - the user seems to be a "new' member.. I thought you had to give a reason when you vote someone down... EDIT I see you easily figured it out for yourself.

(06 May '13, 05:17) ele
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Not only are there more negative emotions than positive, but I would say some of the emotions are out of order, and some can simply be grouped together.

Here is how I would do it.

  1. Excitement (Passion, Enthusiasm)
  2. Trust (Belief, Expectation)
  3. Optimism (Hope, Desire)
  4. Calm (Contentment, Relaxation)
  5. Boredom
  6. Pessimism (Doubt, Worry)
  7. Anger (Disappointment, Impatience, Jealousy, Rage)
  8. Blame (Discouragement, Overwhelming, Revenge, Insecurity)
  9. Despair (Hopelessness, Powerlessness, Feeling Trapped or enslaved)

answered 06 May '13, 05:07

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9 groups @arpgme, interesting, and more negative than positive and out of order to boot ... i get the picture ok but the real point is, do you? ... +1 points for answering my question lol

(06 May '13, 05:35) ru bis

yes @arpgme and as stingray so clearly states all this can be further boiled down to positive-neutral-negative

(07 May '13, 03:02) ru bis

I like this list better. This list shows the frequencies associated with the emotion.

"Numbers assigned to this list of emotions chart are arbitrary to show a relative degree or intensity of perceived emotion of happiness in accordance to available creative power or life's energy to the individual."

So it shows the relative difference between the emotions. It also has a different order.

Also, Christie Marie Sheldon has a scale for Love or Above. You may have to sign up to get some of the information, but it's free.


answered 06 May '13, 10:01

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Fairy Princess

edited 06 May '13, 10:53


"This list shows the frequencies associated with the emotion" - Not according to that web page. It says "numbers assigned to this list of emotions chart are arbitrary "

(06 May '13, 10:35) Stingray

It is arbitrary, but there is still an association. Here is what it says, "Numbers assigned to this list of emotions chart are arbitrary to show a relative degree or intensity of perceived emotion of happiness in accordance to available creative power or life's energy to the individual."

(06 May '13, 10:48) Fairy Princess
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