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FOCUS ON EMOTIONS

Zooming Out: Endings, Reflections, and Meaning-Making

In the process of coming to know and understand one’s emotions, and indeed one’s self, an important aspect of the process is self-reflection. Some therapy communities refer to this as ‘meaning-making,’ others as ‘meta-processing,’ or ‘consolidating’. (Check this final link out for intel on why cramming is physiologically inferior to studying spaced out over time,…

Healing the Feels: Tackling the Question of If and How Therapy Works

On multiple levels, I have grappled with the question of ‘if’ and then ‘how’ therapy works. As a person in my 20s, reaching out for therapy at a vulnerable point in my life, I wondered if therapy ‘worked.’ I didn’t really see how talking was going to help anything, but I knew I felt pretty…

When Feelings are Too Much (or Too Little) – Living and Healing After Trauma, Part 2

“Trauma-informed educators recognize students’ actions are a direct result of their life experiences. When their students act out or disengage, they don’t ask them, ‘What is wrong with you?’ but rather, ‘What happened to you?’” – Huang et al., 2014 As post secondary education becomes more accessible, we have an opportunity to work with individuals…

Emotion Coaching – Helping Others Be Their Emotional Best

I’m excited to be jumping back into the Focus on Emotions series. For those of you who are new to this series, these posts aim to make accessible the research and science underlying emotion, attachment, and their impact on our self-understanding and daily interactions with others. Last year, this series covered topics including understanding emotions…

Balancing Life: Inside and Out

I had anticipated writing this month about emotion coaching. But what I have noticed is that, recently, I have been tired. Very tired. My creativity has been ebbing along with my energy. But why? Spring is finally here. Summer is coming! I have had more balance this year at work than in previous years; I…

Attachment and All That Monkey Business

Attachment is a huge topic. Volumes have been written about it for decades. Although as psychological theories go, it’s still considered very new. Here we will briefly cover the historical roots and central tenets of attachment theory, with a focus on applications to postsecondary student development. A History of Attachment Here’s a whirlwind overview (somewhat…

Emotions in Decision-Making: Friend or Foe?

So, which is it? Do emotions support excellent decision making, or do they interfere with it? As with so many of my articles you’ll see that my answer is “it depends.” But before I get into that, I wanted to pause for a moment. I now find myself at the halfway mark in this one…

SA Has the Feels 201 (Part 1): A Primer on Managing Your Emotions and Feelings

Once you can read your own and others’ feelings, it’s time to focus on how to manage your own emotions and feelings more effectively—arguably an intermediate skill in developing one’s capacity for emotional intelligence. In an earlier article, we identified an emotion as “an automatic process in our brain whereby an incoming message from our…

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