The New York Times has reported that the Dalai Lama has launched a digital “map of the mind.” His Holiness worked with psychologist Paul Ekman — who advised Pixar on the film Inside Out, in which the main characters are emotions — to create an “Atlas of Emotions,” to help people better understand their own minds.
The atlas breaks emotions into five major groups — as accepted by a large majority of scientists — and then delves into the experiences, shades, and triggers of those emotions.
“‘When we wanted to get to the New World, we needed a map,’” said Dr. Ekman, quoting the Dalai Lama in the Times article. “‘So make a map of emotions so we can get to a calm state.’”
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Paul Ekman is an American psychologist who is a pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to facial expressions. He has gained a reputation as “the best human lie detector in the world”. Eve Ekman is currently a Post Doctoral Scholar at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.
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