Comfort with Discomfort

Subgroup Size

Entire group


2 hours

External Cost


Lesson Plan


Activity created by Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, CILMAR, and Kristofer Chang Alexander, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Purdue University.

Wheel of Emotions is widely available in many versions. All are adapted from Plutchik, R. (1980). A general psychoevolutionary theory of emotion. In R. Plutchik & H. Kellerman (Eds.), Emotion: Theory, research and experience (Vol. 1, pp. 3-33). Academic Press.



As a result of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Practice managing their emotions in tense or uncomfortable situations. 2. Reflect on how they navigate their emotions in unfamiliar or uncomfortable cultural territory. 3. Brainstorm ideas for better managing their emotions during future difficult encounters.