In fact, the avoidance of feelings is one of the major causes of behavioral problems, addictions, and a variety of health issues.
If you can help you clients identify and express their emotions, you’ll be giving them one of the best tools available.
Download The Tools
Also, we’ve created a handout that you can download and print for your clients. We’d recommend using it as a tool to help teach your clients about their emotional growth.
7 Facts About Emotions
1. Feelings, unlike thoughts, involve a physical reaction which often “takes over” the body.
2. Feelings do not just appear “out of the blue.” Feelings are a direct result of your thoughts and perceptions.
3. Feelings are categorized as simple or complex. Simple emotions are things like anger, sadness, grief, fear, love, or excitement. Complex feelings are a combination of more than one simple emotion.
4. Feelings give you energy. If you withhold or suppress feelings, you go through life experiencing a certain numbness or emptiness.
5. Feelings can be contagious. You’re likely to feel sad, weepy, and depressed when in the company of someone who’s crying. Conversely, if you surround yourself with happy, enthusiastic company, their positive vibes rub off on you.
6. Feelings are not “right” or “wrong.” Feelings exist as reactions.
7. Unexpressed feelings can be as damaging as secrets. When you feel something, find your words and speak on it.
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