Introducing the Atlas of Emotions

May 10, 2016

I am pleased to announce the launch of our newest project, the Atlas of Emotions: The Atlas was featured on Saturday in the New York Times.

The Dalai Lama said that we needed a map to get to the new world and asked whether I could create a map of the emotions, to get a better understanding of our emotions. With the participation of my daughter, Dr. Eve Ekman, we have created such an Atlas. We have called it an Atlas because it contains more than one map that allows us to see features of our emotions that may not be apparent to us. It is our hope that the Atlas, available at, will be fun to use and people will enjoy engaging with it. Exploring the Atlas may increase people’s understanding of this vital feature in their life. We hope that teachers will use the Atlas in classrooms (it should be usable for people 9 years old+ without explanation) and that educators and therapists will use it with their clients to better understand themselves. Research to show the benefits of the Atlas of the Emotions is waiting for educators and scientists to perform, please do so. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts about the Atlas. Please forward your comments to