Here’s me trying to figure out how I feel right at this very moment, and to uncover as much metadata about it as possible. Consider it the 1-person very early adopter beta tester of an unmade product.
Pleasant or unpleasant: pleasant
Energy level: medium-high
Occupation with mood: medium
Intensity of mood: medium
Duration of mood so far: several hours
Cognitive level: fairly high
Category of mood: fairly joyful, fairly anticipatory, optimistic, appreciative
Meta-emotion (how do I feel about this mood?): happy, though a little worried that I’ll have to stop thinking about this stuff soon to attend to real-life things and that I won’t be able to re-conjure it in a couple days.
Which of these categorizations are useful in highlighting the uniqueness of this mood? I think it could be a combination of the pleasant, medium-high energy level, long duration, and high cognitive level. The level of occupation (which I take to mean the amount of my total mental resources that the mood requires of me) seems potentially interesting, but not really in this case. I wonder if occupation and intensity are usually linked. If they are, then I probably don’t need to track both.
Which of these categorizations could potentially apply to all or most of my future episodes of feeling studious? Again, occupation level and intensity seem like they could vary pretty widely from episode to episode, and are more a characteristic of the moment than of the mood. I’m leaning away from those two dimensions as being truly useful.
I think I might try this a couple more times over the next few days to see if anything else emerges from over-analytical mood dissection.