Being Emotionally Expressive doesn’t mean you are crying or shouting. It means knowing what you are feeling and finding appropriate ways to let others know how your are feeling.
Emotions are a rich and meaningful part of life for us all, although we vary in how comfortable we are expressing them and how able we are to learn from our emotions. Emotions span a range from pleasant emotions such as love, joy, and caring to unpleasant emotions such as anger and fear. Feelings are energy that range in intensity from mild to very strong. The better you are able to identify emotions in yourself and others, understand the context of emotions at a given time, and appropriately express emotions, the healthier you and your relationships will be. Emotions are your personal response to how you feel about what is happening in your world or in your head.
Action learning tips, and learning assignments on the job, some of which will help as much in the family room, as well as the board room, and even the bedroom are a click away at EQDashboard.com.
If any of the following behaviors are true of you, colleagues, or even family members, remedies and relief are a click away at EQDashboard.com.
- Reacts to hot buttons with anger, frustration and poor self control
- Expresses emotions without considering the possible impact on others; doesn’t listen to how others feel
- Is aware of and can name only a few basic emotions
- Uncomfortable with or fearful of experiencing emotions
- Finds it difficult to understand, express or describe emotions
- Blames others for his or her own emotions
You might also consider (a sampling of suggestions from www.EQDashboard.com):
McLaren, Karla. The Language of Emotions: What Your Emotions are Trying to Tell You. Boulder, Colorado: Sounds True, 2010.
Orloff, Judith. Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life. New York: Random House, 2009.
Pearman, Roger R. (2007). Understanding Emotions. Winston-Salem, NC: Leadership Performance Systems, 2007.