Module 3     Emotional Mastery         

This module explores the importance of emotional mastery and emotional processing to emotional well-being and human potential. You will learn how to

 

1.       Assess your emotional management style

2.       Identify your emotional control strategies

3.       Increase your body awareness

4.       Improve your emotional literacy

5.       Become skilful in emotional processing

6.       Manage psychological stress effectively

7.       Manage anger effectively

 

Key Messages

 

  • emotions are just energy-in-motion
  • they provide information about how well you are / aren’t meeting your emotional and physical needs
  • there is no such thing as a negative emotion, just emotions we negate
  • most of us compulsively avoid, sedate or control certain emotions without realizing that in doing so we limit our capacity for joy, aliveness and true intimacy with others;
  • a healthy way to relate to emotions is to welcome them and then process (digest) them skilfully so that you receive their information and then act on it responsibly and maturely
  • psychological stress refers to the tension and emotional dis-ease that can be felt in the body when an emotional and/or physical need isn’t being met. Stress is therefore an invitation to stop, feel what you are feeling and then take action to identify what your unmet emotional or physical need is.
  • anger is a natural healthy emotion. What is unhealthy is the way we relate to it

 

Instructions

 

  • Please read through the entire section on emotional mastery twice.
  • Follow the instructions in the discovering your emotional management style and emotional avoidance strategy section. Reflect on what you have learned.
  • Follow the instructions and suggestions in the body awareness section. Identify other actions you can take to improve your body awareness
  • Follow the instructions and suggestions in the emotional literacy section.
  • Read through the emotional processing section again and focus on one of the emotional processing tools each week for the next three weeks – I suggest starting with EmoTrance, Cradling and then honest self-expression.
  • Use recapitulation in the evening for a minimum of two weeks, record and reflect upon your experiences
  • Follow the instructions and suggestions in the stress and anger section. Reflect on how stress and anger have influenced and restricted your life. If anger is a challenge for you, then contact me to speak on the phone
  • Visit the website of HeartMath www.heartmath.org, click on the ‘for you’ section and download and read the de-stress kit for changing times

 

Assessment

 

  • Support a friend in identifying their emotional avoidance strategies. Then teach them (as an alternative) one or more of the emotional processing tools. Report back to me how you get on.
  • Create a handout, one that would be suitable for giving to your own clients, providing  basic instructions for EmoTrance and honest self-expression. Please e-mail it to me
  • Create a handout, one that would be suitable for giving to your own clients on stress management. Please e-mail it to me
  • Create a handout, one that would be suitable for giving to your own clients on anger management. Please e-mail it to me
  • What new knowledge, skills and understanding have you gained from completing this module? (300 to 500 words). Please e-mail me your response

 

 



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