Feeling & Naming Your Emotions

Emotions are here to help us to solve a problem. Just like having a rumbly tummy or bladder discomfort help you to solve a problem/meet your body’s needs.

Sadness

Sadness is caused by loss. The feeling of sadness is there to help us to solve the problem and to prompt us to get what we need. 

Remember the last time you felt sad. What or who had you lost? (If you haven’t lost anything or anybody, you weren’t sad. We will come to that in block three).

Sadness prompts us to get comfort. We need comfort when we have lost something or somebody.

Anger

Anger is caused by a wrong doing, a breach or a breakage. The feeling of anger is there to help us to solve the problem and to get what we need.

Remember the last time you felt angry, what had been broken, what wrong had been done, who had done you wrong? (if none of things were in place, it was not anger you were feeling and we will come to this in block three).

Anger prompts us to seek reparation, to put the wrong right. We need to put a wrong right when we are aware of wrongdoing.

Fear

Fear is caused by the presence of a threat in the here and now. The feeling of fear is there to help us to solve the problem and get what we need.

Remember the last time you felt frightened, what was the threat? (if there was no threat present, it was not fear you were feeling and we will come to this in block three).

Fear prompts us to get safe, either to fight, take flight or to freeze. We need to seek safety when we are frightened.

Joy

Joy is caused by the presence of pleasure in our lives in the here and now. The feeling of joy is there to help us to get what we need.

Remember the last time you felt joy, what was pleasurable for you at that point? (if there was nothing pleasurable, you were not feeling joy and we will address this in block three).

Joy prompts us to share how we are feeling with other people. We need to pass our joy to others when we feel it and the feeling compels us to do exactly this.