While there are many different ways of classifying emotions, VoxHumans primarily uses Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions Model.
Plutchik’s model starts with eight Basic emotions considered universal to all humans. Other emotions are created by blending emotions, and are called Primary or Secondary emotions. VoxHumans uses 24 emotions across the three categories, Basic, Primary and Secondary. These emotions are represented by different font sizes on the first screen in the VoxHumans App, with Basic emotions in the largest font size and the Secondary emotions in the smallest font size. Creating a Vox by selecting one of these emotions, automatically subscribes you all the Voxes posted using that emotion in your feed.
The eight Basic emotions are grouped into four pairs of opposites:
- Happy – Sad
- Trust – Disgust
- Fear – Anger
- Surprise – Anticipation
Primary blends also include four pairs of opposite emotions:
- Love – Remorse
- Optimism – Disappointment
- Submission – Contempt
- Alarm – Aggression
Finally, Secondary blends also have four pairs:
- Pride – Guilt
- Hope – Curiosity
- Awe – Grief
- Joy – Rage
These 24 emotions provide a comprehensive set of emotions felt by humans. However, you are not limited to just these emotions while using the App. You can express emotions outside the provided set of 24 emotions, by preceding the emotion with a # in the text of your Vox. For example, if you are feeling frustrated, adding #frustrated to the text of your Vox will allow other users to find your Vox. They can search for #frustrated from the Subscriptions management screen, and Add it to their feed.