Hello, Emotional People!
That’s all of us, you know.
Emotions are central to everything we think, every idea we have, and everything we do, but most of us haven’t learned how to work skillfully with all of our emotions. Luckily, we can learn to at any stage of our lives.
Since we’re all experiencing lots of emotional responses and reactions to the pandemic, one of our licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® professionals, Jennifer Asdorian, created a chart to help track her emotions and see what gifts and skills they were bringing to her.
We also created a two-page chart for kids, here.
I asked for Jennifer’s permission, and made a version of her chart for you to use. It’s free for you to download (I mean real free, not internet free, where you have to trade me something). Free!
How to use these Emotions Charts
Of course, you can use this chart in any way you like, but Jennifer used it to track which emotions were coming up, and which gifts and skills her emotions were bringing to her during this troubling time.
You can total out each emotion at the end of the week, or just see if there are any patterns. It’s up to you.
If you find any emotions that show up regularly, you can study what each emotion does, which gifts and skills it brings you, and how you can work with it.
You can read about each emotion: Each emotion is listed alphabetically on my Start Here page so you can find it easily.
Or you can watch a video I made about each emotion on my Emotions and Their Gifts playlist at YouTube.
What do the colors mean?
In DEI, we organize the emotions into 4 families to make working with them easier, and we use purple, green, blue, and raspberry to help people quickly identify them:
The Anger Family tells you when a boundary has been crossed or a rule has been broken. These emotions help you set behavioral guidelines for yourself and others. They are Anger, Guilt & Shame, Apathy, and Hatred.
The Fear Family is your intuition and your instincts. These emotions help you orient to your surroundings, notice change, novelty, or possible hazards, and take effective action. They are Fear, Anxiety & Worry, Confusion, Jealousy, Envy, and Panic & Terror.
The Sadness Family helps you release things that aren’t working and mourn things that are gone so that you can relax, let go, and rejuvenate yourself. They are Sadness, Grief, Situational Depression, and the Suicidal Urge.
The Happiness Family helps you look around you, at yourself, or toward the future with hope, satisfaction, and delight. They are Happiness, Contentment, and Joy.
You may notice patterns where many emotions in one family appear more often; if so, look to the skills in the overall family to see how your emotions are helping you, and which specific gifts and skills they’re bringing to your life.
If you need support
If you’d like more support with your emotions or your empathy, you can work with a licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Consultant directly (by phone or internet).
These marvelous professionals have studied with me for two years or more, and they can help you discover the genius in your emotions, develop your emotional and empathic skills, and become more comfortable in every area of your life.
Take good care of yourself, and pay attention to your emotions. Each of them contains a specific form of genius that can help you during troubled times — and at all times.
Thank you for bringing more emotional awareness to our waiting world.