A cladogram and taxonomy for emotions


  • Lawrence James Cookson LJ Cookson Consulting




Interaction, desire, emotion, attitude, parsimony, wildness, feelings


A selection of character traits for emotions, desires and attitudes were used to construct a cladogram showing their potential relationships. A cladogram is possible if a theorised interaction desire is used as the original motivation behind these more complex neocortical developments. A distinction is made between desires, natural emotions, caged emotions and attitudes as responses to increasingly intransigent blocks that reduce the level of freedom needed to be wild, and obstruct the naive desire for positive interaction.

Author Biography

Lawrence James Cookson, LJ Cookson Consulting

Laurie Cookson obtained his BSc (Hons) in Zoology from La Trobe University, and his PhD from Monash University. He became research leader of a biology/chemistry forest products research group during 31 years at CSIRO until semi-retirement. In 2010 he began an adjunct research position with Monash University for five years so that he could continue various interests in invertebrate taxonomy and behaviour, forestry and forest products, ecopsychology, motivation, evolution and the interpretation of wildness. He has written more than 150 journal articles and conference papers.




How to Cite

Cookson, L. J. (2016). A cladogram and taxonomy for emotions. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 3(11). https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.311.2204