Negative Emotions

Emotions, Health, Personal development
5 Reasons Negative Emotions Are Key To Wellbeing In “Hamlet,” Shakespeare writes “nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.” Similarly, it may not be useful to think of emotions as “positive emotions” or “negative emotions.” Still, there are emotions that we enjoy like happiness and excitement, and emotions that we do not enjoy like fear and sorrow. While it may not be healthy to dwell on these emotions for too long, it can also be unhealthy to try to ignore them or block them out. These emotions are just as important, or possibly more important, to shaping who we are than emotions that we enjoy more. 1. Learn About The World Emotions are symptoms of our health and can be just as important as physical symptoms. When…
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Personal Growth Challenges

Emotions, Health, Personal development
The Personal Growth Challenges that occur in life may seem like negative things you just have to survive, but if you consider them the right way, these challenges can actually help your personal growth during your life. After all, these personal growth challenges teach you many essential life lessons, and if you accept them as learning opportunities, you can come out a better, stronger person on the other side of major disappointments. The oyster is a perfect metaphor for how challenges can shape you. A tiny piece of sand inside that oyster results in friction and turmoil, but what the oyster creates from this challenge is a beautiful pearl. That little bit of grit is all it takes for something amazing to be created, and the same is true for you.…
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How to Manage Frustration

Emotions, Health, Personal development
Frustration can create a cocktail of feelings; from anxiety, anger, irritation, and even regret. This emotion can hit often times without warning and throw an unflattering wrench in your day. Dale Carnegie once said, "Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration, and resentment." The validity of that statement is immense. Frustration can cause moderate to severe health ailments such as headaches, high blood pressure, and digestive issues. In addition, excessive frustration can take a toll on your mental state as well. You may experience impaired thinking, high-stress levels, and relentless anger. Frustration is truly something that causes excessive turmoil. Why is Frustration Common? When we wake up in the morning, we have a certain expectation of how the day will go. Likely that involves waking…
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What Is Empathy

Emotions, Health, Personal development
Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings and experience of someone else. It moves people to show care and consideration during difficult times. It is how we understand each other on a personal level. Alfred Adler once quoted, "Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of others and feeling with the heart of another." In order to make valuable, human connections, this emotion is extremely important. In addition, when we go through difficult situations, we would like for others to empathize and show their concern as well. It is truly one of the building blocks of quality relationships. Empathy and the Brain Like many emotions, empathy is initially developed within the brain. A system apart of the cerebral cortex called the supra-marginal gyrus helps…
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What Is Emotional Self Control

Emotions, Health
Having emotional self control takes practice; it’s a skill that you have to work to develop. It doesn’t just happen overnight. Developing emotional control is an important part of human development, as well. In order to function as an adult in society, you have to have emotional intelligence and emotional control. Through this article, we’ll explore the topic of emotional control; what it is, how to strengthen it, and why you should bother. What is emotional self control? The term “emotional control” is pretty self-explanatory; it refers to the skill that can be practiced, strengthened, and developed over time to help you keep yourself from making decisions you might later regret in the heat of your emotions. Having a strong sense of emotional control requires emotional intelligence, strength, perseverance, and…
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Emotional Accountability 101

Emotions, Health
When you have emotional accountability, you are able to take responsibility for your actions, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. You own your existence and can accept the role you play in both the positive as well as the negative events in your life. Emotional accountability also means you recognize others are responsible for their own lives, and you cannot solve their suffering. Emotional accountability is where your thoughts, actions, and emotions converge. When you have emotional accountability, it becomes your obligation or duty to take responsibility for the choices you have made and the consequences of those choices. This responsibility is vital to developing integrity and being autonomous in your own life. Let's take a look at how having emotional accountability can help you live a happier, healthier life, along with…
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Embarrassment 101

Emotions, Health
Nobody likes to suffer from embarrassment. It can crush our character and even make social interactions painfully uncomfortable. Although we so wish to avoid shameful scenarios, we can't hide from possible feelings of fluster. Life happens. While experiencing embarrassment can be disheartening, the fear surrounding this emotion does not have to impact your daily life. In fact, you can gain control over feelings of embarrassment by focusing on your self-growth. Let's consider. Why Do We Feel Embarrassed? Embarrassing situations typically make us feel vulnerable. It's as if our biggest insecurities are revealed to an audience of critical viewers. Take tripping in public for example. Many people find this situation to be dreadfully embarrassing due to a number of factors. To begin, you may feel like others think you are a…
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Emotional Wellness

Emotions, Health, Personal development, Stress Management
Many people these days are all-too quick to ignore their emotional wellness, even if they are strong proponents of physical health. Emotional health, however, can influence your over-all health and wellness, and of course it has its own benefits. But what is emotional wellness? What Is The Seven Years War Emotional Wellness refers to the ability to respond to stress. It is closely linked to mental health, which has more to do with the ways in which we actually solve problems, and our emotional health can also impact our physical health, which refers to the proper functioning of our living bodies. If all of these sound similar, it's because they are. Emotional wellness, physical wellness and mental health are less than half of the "dimensions of wellness" that are currently…
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Destructive Emotions

Emotions, Health, Personal development
As humans, we all have a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative, helpful and destructive. In order to have control of our emotions, we have to take control of the destructive emotions. By that, we don't mean suppressing them or ignoring them, but rather understanding them and how to handle them. We all have negative emotions, but we all also have the power to keep them from becoming destructive. In this article, we'll explore how to keep your negative emotions under a healthy control, keeping them from becoming destructive. What are negative emotions and how can they become destructive? Negative emotions typically refer to those that have a negative connotation, i.e. sadness, anger, fear, etc. These emotions are entirely normal to experience and every human does at one…
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Boredom 101

Emotions, Health
Boredom is an emotion that befalls us all; often times on a regular basis. Whether its moments of non-activity to a lifetime of mundane, monotony can take on many different forms. The brain is compiled of a special hormone called dopamine. This controls pleasure and our overall sense of satisfaction. Individuals who are chronically bored reportedly have a decreased level of dopamine. In order for them to reach optimal stimulation, they require more dopamine production than the average person. Because of this chemical deficiency, some individuals cannot tolerate chronic inactivity. Whereas others may seem to naturally find entertainment in the mundane. Scientists have also reported that when individuals are bored, they experience heightened brain activity. When the brain is not being physically stimulated by an entertaining source, it prompts individuals…
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