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Words and Emotions

on July 3, 2012

When we try to express how we feel, it is so easy to be misunderstood.  One way to increase your chances of being understood, is to get better at communicating how you feel.  The greater your vocabulary, the better you will be able to express yourself, and the more likely the other person will understand!

I also think this is a good thing to practice with our kids — being clear about emotions by using a variety of words to describe them, can only help them be emotionally aware (and hopefully emotionally honest.)

So next time someone asks you how it’s going, instead of saying “Good” or “Bad,” try being a little more descriptive!

Here are some great resources on “Feeling Words”:

Al Turtle’s Relationship Wisdom

Elle’s Daily Inspirations

…or just google “feeling words” images.

I thought the graphic below was really cool.  Ok, I know it’s full of nouns, but you get the idea…

It came with this note:

Emotions are the next frontier to be understood and conquered. To manage our emotions is not to drug them or suppress them, but to understand them so that we can intelligently direct our emotional energies and intentions…. It’s time for human beings to grow up emotionally, to mature into emotionally managed and responsible citizens. No magic pill will do it.

— Doc Childre

Image: Emotion-Cone

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