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Short-Circuit Your Emotions: 1. Situation Avoidance

Short-Circuit Your Emotions: 1. Situation Avoidance

We can reduce the intensity of negative emotions by using science-backed emotion regulation strategies to intervene in the four-step process that generally gives rise to emotions such as fear, anger, and sadness.  

The process starts with a situation—real or imagined. One strategy to keep your anxiety in check at this stage of the emotion generation process would be situation avoidance


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2. Changing Your Focus

2. Changing Your Focus

The second step is the attention paid to a particular, often threatening aspect of a situation. 

The intervention strategy in this step of the emotion generation process would involve intentionally changing your focus, and instead of ruminating about something negative that might h...


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The Anxiety In Giving Feedback

The Anxiety In Giving Feedback

One of the most integral parts of a manager’s job is providing performance feedback and holding people accountable. So much so that it can’t be abdicated or delegated to someone else.

And yet, managers often avoid these types of conversations. Just the prospect of giving feedback on anothe...


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4. The Emotional Response

4. The Emotional Response

Our appraisal of a situation then leads to the fourth step in the emotion-generation process, the emotional response.

After gaining insight into the neurological process by which our anxieties were generated, We learned We could take control and change the meaning We assign...


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3. Appraisal

3. Appraisal

The third step is what called appraisal. So when we would think of providing negative feedback (the situation), and focused (attention) on what we expected would be strongly negative reactions by our team, the meaning (appraisal) we assigned to providing feedback was that our team would ...


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Clarity Of Expectations

Clarity Of Expectations

Create clarity around your expectations and check on your individual team members’ capabilities to meet them, before agreeing on milestones and what success on a given project or initiative looks like.

Let them know that you’ll be providing regular feedback along the way so people know whe...


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Set Expectations from The Start

Set Expectations from The Start

To avoid the emotional buildup to delivering feedback in situations where you’re leading a team of experts, it helps to address the elephant in the room from the moment you join the team. Rather than letting your insecurities lead you to pretend to have more knowledge than you do, acknowledge you...


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Giving feedback and feeling anxious.


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