Feeling Life, Patterns of Emotions

By Krystyna C. Laycraft

The book, “Feeling Life,” has emerged through a process of reflective meditation. I reflected upon and deeply explored my actions, choices, and decisions. My persistence in the process of understanding, interpreting and evaluating led to the discovery of unexpected and surprising aspects of my life. I discovered a richness of emotions I’d experienced during the significant events in my life and learned how these emotions guided me through complex, difficult and challenging situations.

I organize this book into twenty chapters that contain the special emotional events from my life. At the end of each chapter, I summarize and analyze the emotions that were experienced during the specific episode, and then generate the emotional patterns by applying Plutchik’s Theory of Emotions (see Appendix). These patterns served as a conceptual tool to enhance an understanding of the role of emotions in my life.

Because of experienced emotions, I remember and retrieve these events with great clarity and intensity and can experience them again and again in an almost similar way to those experienced during the original event. Can you imagine how boring and colorless our lives would be without great stories to tell that contain an abundant variety of emotions?


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Krystyna C. Laycraft, Ph.D. is a physicist, educator and artist.  She is currently involved with art, science and teaching.  She runs the Center for CHAOS Studies and gives lectures on the applications of Complexity Science in creativity, psychology, neuroscience, and education.  For more information on her work and teaching, the following websites can be viewed: