Sadness, often judged and stigmatised by people, is an important emotion to express and share. We may think we should not show sadness around friends or family. However, if people do not know how we feel, then they cannot offer support or empathy.
Having a robust vocabulary for our emotions is integral for knowing ourselves and enriching our experiences in life. We are able to understand ourselves better and invite other people in when we identify how we feel and express our emotions clearly.
Life can seem to be full of extreme emotions, though we usually feel a mix of polar opposite emotions. Thinking in terms of black versus white or positive versus negative can result in a less clear picture of life than considering the many shades of gray.
We can think of emotions as having volume. Loud emotions sometimes result when we ignore our quieter ones. For example, "quiet" annoyance can develop into louder anger and rage. Paying attention to and addressing the annoyance can sometimes help avoid the rage.
We each are able to experience a wide range of positive and negative emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, pride, shame, jealousy, surprise, acceptance and many more. Our emotions are important basic information about how we are feeling.
The All Things Emotional Series is focused on emotional considerations and language development. All material is authored by Cori Lambert unless explicitly stated otherwise. Authentic Consulting and Counselling is located in West Perth, Greater Perth Area.