In the emotion regulation section, we’re going to be learning how to: accept emotions as they are, reduce negative emotion and increase positive emotion. The concept of emotion as a normal reaction to situations (either external or internal) was discussed.
We covered a lot of ground in group, going over handouts 1 through 5. The highlights of these handouts are listed below:
- Handout 5: The functions of emotion.
- To communicate to yourself or others. Emotions help your “mind” get its point across. When you experience emotion, your being sent a message.
- To motivate action. Emotions can help get you motived to make a change or do something!
- To self-validate. Emotions can help you make sense of your world.
- Handout 3: The cycle of emotion. See handout 3. This handout describes the cycle through which emotion can be generated. And re-generated.
- Handout 2: Some myths and challenges for emotion.
- Handout 4: The major emotions, the things that can lead to them (e.g., prompting events, interpretations) and their consequences (e.g., secondary emotions, after-effects)
Homework for this week was to complete identification of the emotion you experience. From the prompting event through the after-effects. If you’re having trouble figuring out what emotion you’re experiencing, make use of the extensive descriptions on handout 4 to help you figure out what you’re feeling. Martha also passed out an additional handout (Biopsychosocial Model of Emotion) about emotion regulation.