Day2: Types of emotions

During the 1970s, psychologist Paul Eckman identified six basic emotions that he suggested were universally experienced in all human cultures. The emotions he identified were happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, surprise, and anger.

For today's homework, I would like you to reflect on the emotions that you have been struggling with the most, and write them all down.

Exercise for today

Ask others for perspective; Often, we don't realize that other people view us much differently than we view ourselves, and vice versa. It's not about right or wrong; it's simply understanding how perceptions differ, and the consequences those differences create.

By asking those close to us--like a significant other or close friend or workmate--about our interactions with them, we can learn from their perspective. For example, we could think about a specific time when we were in a highly emotional state. Ask the other person: Did I act out of the ordinary during that time? Could you describe how?

Then, ask them to relate experiences regarding when they were going through an emotional situation.

You can ask:

  1. How did I deal with you at that time?
  2. Would you say I was sensitive to your feelings and emotions?

Getting the answers to these questions will help us to see ourselves more like others see us, and help us to understand others better, too. You can then use that knowledge to adjust your dealings with others.

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