Great long-term interpersonal relationships (in terms of quality) are based on shared experience but also the ability to share how we are feeling at that time.
And if we are always expected to say positive stuff, we won't be able to reach that level of intimacy that we need in a really good relationship.
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People who are more extroverted will talk more.
And we like people who are emotionally expressive most of the time, especially if they are emotionally expressive around positive emotions. This is the trait of agreeableness.
Being “ambivalent” in the context of emotional expression means either you want to express emotions but you aren't able to, or you expressed emotions and kind of wished you hadn’t.
Organizations and even families have their own type of culture and the largest differences around emotions are called cultural-display rules.
All cultures recognize the basic emotions and they’re all expressed the same way, but those display rules, which are a function of our culture, tell us how do we show those emotions. How we express these is completely driven by those cultural-display rules. If you don't know those, you’re seen as an outlier. And maybe as lacking what people would call communication skills.
Knowing that will help you better manage your emotions and express your feelings in a way that will send a good accurate message.
Believe wrong information and you’ll experience wrong feelings.
For example, if you think something about a co-worker, don’t trust those feelings and don’t express those feelings.
At best, let those feelings motivate calm, systematic investigation.
Self-awareness is the recognition of one's own emotional state at any given point in time.
We are far to often, wholly unaware of the emotional state we are currently in, and the degree to which that state influences our behavior and thought process.
You communicate a genuine interest when you inquire or listen to the small details that make up your partner’s day. It’s those insignificant moments that make up the reality of our lives.