Emotions. It was while reviewing the chapter that will be covered in my class this week on that my interest was was sparked and I decided to share what I got from the text. Do you understand your emotions? According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, emotion is defined as “a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body.” In the text, Your College Experience, a story was shared of a student who came from another country to the United States to study. The student’s experience was challenging at first when making the necessary adjustments but because she could control her emotions and get the understanding of her feelings, she was able to get through her first year of school without being overly fatigued.
Although this book covers issues that college students may and sometimes will experience, it is good to know as adults how our emotions affect us. As adults we all have different situations to deal with in our daily lives which may trigger our emotions, and ultimately lead us to making decisions. The things is, what type of decisions are you making due to the feelings you’ve been having? Do you understand your emotions? Have you ever reacted in a way and the aftermath was not what was anticipated?
You are in charge of how you react to the feelings you have, and by all means, try to make the best decision possible. It is part of being accountable, therefore you want to understand how your emotions work.
The feelings of being surprised, in fear, stressed, angry, curious, etc. do not only affect students, it also affects you who are not in a classroom. If you can learn, manage or understand your emotions you will be more apt to make appropriate decisions. We all have various emotions to deal with and we respond to our emotions differently. Earl Nightingale puts it like this, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” So, if you plant the feeling of being fearful or overwhelmed that is what you are going to reproduce as reality. Likewise, if you plant feelings of joy and amusement, you will have those as your reality. Therefore, you want to pay keen attention to your emotions, because by knowing you will be more aware of the areas of your life you are more competent in and the areas that need improvement. It was Oscar Wild who said, “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” Of which we all should aspire to do.
With attention to the book Your College Experience that states, “Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify, use, understand and manage emotions.” The more acquainted you are with your feelings the better your judgments will be in accordance to your everyday living. Yes, our emotions are tied closely with our physical and psychological well-being. Therefore, your reaction to any situation will either lift you up or pull you down. Which leads to this question- Has your response to any particular situation pulled you down or lifted you up lately?
Part 2. will be on Understanding Your Emotions.