Categories of Emotions

There are a multitude of human emotions which many psychologists have attempted to categorize. In general, as described by W. Gerrod Parrott in 2001, humans can be said to have primary emotions that they are born with and that are not learned, such as fear, joy, surprise, anger, love and sadness. Secondary emotions, such as irritability, rage and sadness, and tertiary emotions, such as triumph, amazement and anguish are thought to be connected to social contexts and learning.


Parrott, W. (2001), “Emotions in Social Psychology: Key Readings (Key Readings in Social Psychology)“, Psychology Press, Philadelphia.