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 emotionsContinue reading “Emotion Coaching – Helping Others Be Their Emotional Best”

SA has the Feels: Identifying Feelings in Yourself and Others

“In general, therapists need to help clients find a delicate balance in their emotional expression, so that clients can (1) understand their feelings rather than be overwhelmed by them, (2) harness the energy of their emotions for planning and action rather than be either thoughtlessly driven by it or paralyzed by it, and (3) communicateContinue reading “SA has the Feels: Identifying Feelings in Yourself and Others”

What are Emotions? Turning the Inside Out

I love the films Inside Out and Home. These films brilliantly capture the interplay and complexity of human emotions. Inside Out features a cast of primary emotions (Anger, Fear, Disgust, Joy, and Sadness) all living inside the head of the protagonist, Riley. Throughout this movie, we—the audience—get a behind the scenes fantastical view of emotionsContinue reading “What are Emotions? Turning the Inside Out”

Coming Out: The Super-Feeler In Our Midst

A few years ago, I had the privilege of working with a very bright young woman who had come to learn, through personal experience and training, that emotions were largely uninteresting and irrelevant. She was training to be a mental health professional and her sentiments were not uncommon in our field. This always surprised meContinue reading “Coming Out: The Super-Feeler In Our Midst”

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