What are Negative Emotions and How to Control Them?
Negative emotions are uncomfortable, but they aren’t a sign of weakness or low emotional intelligence and ignoring them can increase emotional pain. Exploring and understanding their purpose, we can learn ways to respond which supports our emotional growth and sense of well-being.
Emotions are a low-level reaction so you can decide how you respond to them and not let them hijack your behavior.
SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:
Use plain language. The more fluent you are with real emotional language, the more clearly you will be able to think about how you’re feeling.
Get used to the idea of emotional complexity. When we feel upset, we're not feeling one single emotion. We are usually experiencing a blend of many emotions.
Training ourselves to look for and see this emotional complexity is key to better understanding ourselves when we’re upset and moving on in a healthy way.
Most emotions arise unconsciously as ways of adapting to changes in the environment or in our own mind.
We are emotional beings and there is no experience that does not receive the impact, softer or more intense, of our affective life.
Mindfulness can bring improvements in all of these facets.
Within the universe of Mindfulness (following Buddhism), these are emotions that arise in reaction to an experience of displeasure or discomfort in our life, and that make us react without more control of the mind.
Afflictive emotions are not the basic ones of our human condition, like fear, anguish or the most primary anger, but what we do with them.
Recounting the things that made us miserable one day doesn’t help us enjoy our workday more tomorrow.
A better strategy is to actually address the negative feelings we have.