Emotional awareness

It's harder to move past difficult feelings and allow them to fade if we don't face them and try to understand why we feel that way. You don't have to dwell on your emotions or constantly talk about how you feel. Emotional awareness simply means recognizing, respecting, and accepting your feelings as they happen.

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Jeg vet hva som menes med emotional awareness

Emotional awareness is the ability to recognise and make sense of not just your own emotions, but also those of others.

High levels of emotional awareness means you can learn from your feelings quickly. For example, if you feel sad, you can reflect on why this is so, and make decisions that then help you. It also means you can predict emotions in advance – you know what actions will lead to what emotions and this means you can make better choices accordingly.

Jeg forstår fordelene ved å være emotionally aware

Being able to clearly understand your own feelings and those of others has the following benefits

  • you can communicate your emotional states more clearly to others
  • you can move through difficulties faster by using your emotions as a navigating tool
  • you can set personal boundaries that work for you
  • you can understand and others better and be more helpful
  • you can help yourself feel better by knowing what decisions lead to feeling good.

People who are emotionally aware tend to access more joy and fulfilment. When you know the difference between what feels good and bad to you, you are liberated to gravitate towards the latter. And if you understand your emotions, when life inevitably brings a challenge you won’t panic and either be overwhelmed or repress how you feel, but instead will learn from what you are feeling and take care of yourself.

Jeg kjenner ulempene ved å ikke være emotionally aware

Of course not having emotional awareness means we can’t access how we feel, struggle to understand others, or we can’t control our emotions. Perhaps you feel numb inside, or you feel so emotional you try to escape your feelings. These scenarios means you are more susceptible to several mental health problems that can include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • alcohol and drug addictions
  • eating disorders including overeating
  • borderline personality disorder
  • disassociation