What do you do when you feel like there’s an endless wave of chaos inside of you? These are the times when you aren’t thinking straight and you end up doing things you later regret. Why does that happening? And what can you be doing instead? This episode answers these questions and more.
Your Biological Programming – 2:38
Neurobiology plays a big part in how you react the way that you do. While it doesn’t justify everything, it helps us understand why and what we can do to circumvent certain reflexes. Specifically, the brain has a certain shortcut that cuts out all executive decision making. And the icing on the cake is that this shortcut tends to be the easier path for the brain to take,
Debunking The Usual Reactions – 6:18
Denial and anger are common responses to the lesser desired situations of life. Yet there are consequences to keep them as the default reactions. Thanks to the studies of specialists, we can see just how valuable our emotions are, instead of forcing them away.
Emotional Vocabulary – 8:47
How many words do you use to express your emotions? This might have a bigger impact than you think on your life.
Expressive Writing – 11:44
Writing out your emotions has been proven to have a beneficial physical and mental effect on you. Neurologically, the shortcut we mentioned above is getting turned off while a more EQ beneficial part of your brain is turned on. This has been studied extensively and you’d be surprised at how much of an impact it can have. Caveat there is a wrong way to do this.
Involving Others – 17:08
If you’re the type that likes to socialize, here are some tips on gaining the same effects as expressive writing with others. If done right, this can be just as effective, if not more.
- Damasio and Emotions as Data
- Emotional Vocabulary List
- Emotional Agility
- The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
- Pennebaker Engineer Study
- Expressive Writing Brain Imaging Study
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