Enhancing our emotional awareness is a life long process, be compassionate with self and others as you take the time to reflect and identify how you are feeling in various contexts. You are worth it!
Over the last few months, I have had several interesting dialogues regarding our core emotions. What inspired these conversations was a statistic I found while learning about emotional intelligence. Only 36% of 500 000 people tested could identify their emotions as they happened. It was reassuring to know I was not alone but scary as well.
Why is this the reality for so many of us?
Research indicates that we have core emotions, up to twenty-seven. psychcentral.com/news/2017/09/08/new-study-emotions-abound-with-27-different-varieties These core emotions have a variety of feelings attached to them and vary in intensity. My social and emotional intelligence workbook provides three back to back pages of defined feelings, no wonder there is confusion when trying to express ourselves.
We are not taught about emotions in school although my little neighbor can rhyme off primary colors. If we are not enlightened in the school system then the responsibility falls on parents who themselves often do not understand emotions/feelings and have their own perspectives/biases due to they're upbringing (nurture).
We can enhance emotional awareness.
The knowledge provided through research and conversations with others, regarding their own challenges with acknowledging and expressing their feelings, inspired me to create our, “Emotion 101” workshop. This workshop can be adapted to all age groups. Our goal is to empower kids, adolescents and adults through education to enhance self and other awareness as well as self and other management.
Would you like to enhance emotional awareness?
The program facilitates opportunities to enhance emotional-awareness and discover appropriate strategies to attain personal power. Learning about self can be difficult we don’t always like ourselves or our behavior. We need to move away from judgement as we learn, lean into the discomfort of our realities and start considering change strategies. Compassion for self and others can assist us reach this goal.
Change requires a consistent effort, support, and flexibility as strategies will not always be successful. Being realistic with your change expectations is also necessary don't set yourself up for failure. Enhancing your emotional awareness is a life long process.
“Imperfect Perspectives" will consist of written and video format. The writing and videos will be imperfect as I am the composer and director and I am perfectly imperfect! Be genuine, have the hard conversations and be compassionate to self and other. Be empowered!