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45 Fractal States

Emotions are generally treated as abstract constructs of the human psyche. We are all connected through our shared understanding of these sensations however; describing them in concrete terms is sometimes difficult. Robert Plutchick’s Theory of Emotions classifies eight primary emotions and presents pos- tulations over their purpose and origins; Plutchick’s work was an influential driving force in the discussion of emotional responses in the psychiatric community. Furthermore, because humans are strictly biological it can be assumed that emotions are simply the result of our natural chemistry. Organic material reacts accord- ing to scientific principles, and the same rules govern how we feel. This set of symbols prompts the viewer to imagine and visualize the science and logic behind the variations of our emotional states.

Visually, fractals prove useful as mathematically sound descriptors for biological constructs. Fractals are ever-present forms in all life at microscopic layers and adhere to sets of rules that inform their shape. The principles behind fractals have been applied to a set of variables representing the base emotions detailed in Plutchick’s Theory of Emotions. The final forms com- pose a language of organic and logical representations for complex mental states during various life events.

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