The Dalai Lama has created a new website that he thinks will help us all understand our emotions better. It’s completely free, and you can try it today.
The Dalai Lama’s Atlus Of Emotions was commissioned to help people understand their emotions. In order to create the website the Dalai Lama paid psychologist (who was involved on Disney’s Inside Out and the TV show Lie To Me) a whopping $750,000.
Dalai Lama’s Atlus Of Emotions cost $750,000, so you’d think it would be amazing, right?
I’ve had a look at the Dalai Lama’s Atlus Of Emotions, and if I have to be completely honest about this, it’s kinda lame…? And it is absolutely definitely not worth anywhere near $750,000 (just take a look at the website and you will see what I mean).
But let’s be optimistic here and look at the ways the Dalai Lama’s Atlus Of Emotions is helpful.
The Atlus Of Emotions describes and defines different emotions and sub-states of emotions, action that those emotions lead to, the triggers of the emotions, and the moods that they create.
The website shows five primary emotions, which are: Anger, Enjoyment, Disgust, Sadness, and Fear (you might notice that only one of these emotions is positive).
So, the Dalai Lama’s Atlus Of Emotions is educational and can help with understanding emotions
But there’s just a couple of questions that are banging on my mind here.
- The website has absolutely no real interactivity. There are emotion apps that actually let you track emotions and change them. This is just static information.
- The information provided could very easily be found online anyway. Why did this require the combined efforts of Paul Ekman and The Dalai Lama (who could obviously have created something far better)?
- Why the Jimminy Crickets did this cost three quarters of a million o_0
What blows my mind is the fact that this Emotional Atlus doesn’t even mention love or compassion
Shouldn’t an Emotional Atlus made by the Dalai Lama talk quite a lot about love and compassion, both of which are keys in Buddhism?
There’s no gratitude either. And don’t even think about joy. Not there.
So this three quarters of a million dollar Emotional Atlus doesn’t actually cover the emotional map at all.