metaFox deep pictures ‘World of Emotions’ – 52 picture cards for understanding your feelings and emotions


The metaFox deep pictures combine 52 evocative image cards and powerful coaching questions in one card set. The deep pictures ‘World of Emotions’ guide you on a journey of self-discovery by getting deeply in touch with your emotions and inner experience.

Pictures representing positive and also negative feelings
Questions about the experience and handling of emotions
52 picture cards for working with emotions

Nonviolent communication, emotional intelligence, therapy, counseling, coaching, soft skills training, discovering personal resources in seminars, training and further education

Package Contents

  • 52 postcards and an overview card with suggestions for how to use them
  • A6 format (14.8 cm x 10.5 cm), front with matte lacquer for an elegant look and feel
  • Stable 250g cardboard from 100% FSC certified sources


metaFox deep pictures "World of Emotions"

A postcard set for developing emotional intelligence

The deep pictures combine powerful images with coaching questions. The illustrations and questions of the “World of Emotions” card deck focus on feelings and emotions. Images describe a wide range of positive and negative emotions in line with non-violent communication theory (NVC) and animate association, inspiration and motivation. The cards can be used in a personal context for self-reflection or a tool for conversation in a group setting or in coaching.


deep pictures "World of Emotions" in action

Using a variety of methods, deep pictures can bring you into contact with your own and other people’s feelings.

In coaching and therapy

Spread (some of) the 52 coaching cards on the table and provide your client with a large choice of possible associations. Read more about it here.

In workshops, training und seminars

Ese the image cards to close your emotional intelligence training session on non-violent communication seminar! Read here, how exactly!

For personal reflection and inspiration

Reflect on images and questions, pin the cards as a daily motivation on your wall or place them on your desk.

The importance of emotions

Understanding ourselves, our mood and our emotions is often surprisingly difficult. Yet, the ability to be aware and regulate one’s emotional state is a key ingredient of a fulfilled and successful life. Daniel Goleman and others have popularised “Emotional Intelligence” as a catalyst for successful leadership1 and personal relationships2. Increasing our “EQ” has become a common goal of coaches, trainers and therapists. Goleman’s emotional intelligence model looks at awareness and regulation of the emotions of ourselves and others. By crossing these two categories, it draws a holistic map of crucial skills for the digitised world of the 21st century.

How do emotions appear?

According to the two factor theory3 and similarly described in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), our emotions are based on a stimulus and arise through the interplay of physical arousal and a cognitive label.

In practice what this means is that we interpret the situation we’re in cognitively (we “think”), possibly connecting what we experience with our memory, and together with a sensation (“feeling”) in our body, this results in an emotion.

Looking at an example situation, let’s imagine that we walk home through a lonely street. We see a person in a long coat catching up to us (“stimulus”) which reminds us of a crime movie we watched recently (cognitive interpretation) and our heart starts beating faster (physical arousal). We experience fear.

What emotions do we experience?

Emotions can be described with words, and they can also be categorised according to their valence (is an emotion pleasant/positive or unpleasant/negative?) and activation (the energy level experienced with the emotion). The Circumplex of Emotions, a model originally proposed by psychologist James A. Russel in 1980, visualises emotions along these two axes. Within this system of coordinates, we can locate our emotional state and label the emotion without needing words.


1. Douglas, C., Ammeter, A. P., & Buckley, M. R. (2003). Emotional intelligence, leadership effectiveness, and team outcomes. The International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 11(1), 21-40.

2. Zeidner, M., Matthews, G., & Roberts, R. D. (2012). What we know about emotional intelligence: How it affects learning, work, relationships, and our mental health. MIT press.


Additional information

Weight 300 g



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