We are emotional beings. We feel sad when someone tells us that they don't like us. We experience fear when we hear our company is downsizing. We become happy when someone tells us we did a good job. We feel angry when someone cuts us off on the road. Each of these events are examples of external events that trigger an emotional response. We also experience emotions when there are few if any external events happening.
Have you considered what emotions you feel when you are by yourself?
The purpose of this exercise is to raise your awareness into the emotions you have when you are all by yourself.
Each of us have dominant and non-dominant emotions. Individuals who understand their dominant emotions can develop them or learn to manage them. For example, if I realize that my dominant emotion is fear, but I want to feel happy when I am experiencing fear I can acknowledge the fear and consciously choose to express gratitude for something that is good in my life—this could generate a happy feeling.
We all have core emotions.
Our core emotions are:
In this exercise your goal is to identify which of your emotions are most dominate.
Below is the list of core emotions identified previously. Please rank order them for you on a scale from one to seven, with one being most dominant and seven being least dominant. Then on a scale of one to ten, with ten being that you feel that emotion very often, score each emotion (see the example below).
Think back to your last emotional experience. As you reflect on that experience, answer these questions:
What triggered the emotions?
Where did the emotions come from?
What can I learn from that emotional experience?
What can I do different next time?
This Community Lesson Exercise was provided by:
The Addo Recovery Group
You can download this printable worksheet, as well as the rest of this Community Lesson and related materials here.