Hi everyone, hope you all are doing well. In the previous article, we discussed what is mental health and emotional healing. If you missed out on that article, please go back and read it before you read this one.
Today we will be exploring what are emotions and what are the ways to identify them. Also, I will give you a small exercise towards the end, which will help you understand your emotions and yourself better.
So what are emotions?
To answer this we need to understand what the conscious and unconscious mind is. According to Freud “The conscious mind contains all of the thoughts, memories, feelings, and wishes of which we are aware at any given moment. The unconscious mind is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges, and memories that are outside of our conscious awareness.[i]
Emotions are intense feelings or sensations which can be triggered by conscious and unconscious events. They are connected to our thoughts and behaviors and play an important role in our lives.
Emotions can be positive, negative, healthy, and unhealthy.
Positive emotions include joy, happiness, pleasure, love, contentment, and peace. We call them positive emotions as they make us feel positive about ourselves.
Healthy negative emotions such as sadness help us cope with difficulties such as loss. But it helps us to come in terms with some loss in our lives.
Unhealthy negative emotions often impede us in dealing with such difficulties as we classify depression as negative emotions. They make us feel bad about ourselves.
Whatever emotion we feel it has physical symptoms. For example, anger may mean clenched muscles or tension headaches, fear may lead to dry mouth or difficulties in breathing.
Emotions are connected to our behaviors and are interwoven with our thoughts. We are most uncomfortable talking about how an event made us feel? In my teaching experience, men usually take more time than women to identify or reflect on their emotions.
If we want to heal, we need to open our wounds. Let us start with the discussion on our childhood. Write down the events that created unhealthy negative or healthy negative emotions in your life.
Here is the list of few emotions that can help you identify what emotions you experienced:
Unhealthy negative emotions
Healthy negative emotions may include:
Next time you hear me, I hope that you have taken some time out to do this exercise. And identified the negative emotions you have been carrying inside you.
Emotions & types of emotions by DR Harry Barry