Can you imagine yourself in this picture? Use your imagination to enter this situation—hold this snake and feel its scales against your skin. How would YOU feel in this moment? It’s pretty clear here that each of these snake handlers feels differently about the experience.
Not everyone feels the same in a given situation. Same situation, different feelings. You might try out a list of various situations (examples: the car breaks down on the freeway, dear friends announce a divorce, you inherit a considerable sum from a distant relative) with family or colleagues. You may be surprised to find how differently people react to the same situation.
How can you increase this skill to honestly identify your feelings? Remember, the reason for identifying your feelings is so that you can learn to manage them.
There are over 4,000 words in the English language to describe feelings, but it takes practice to be honest with yourself and accurately identify how you feel.
Being able to identify and describe feelings and emotions in the moment is a first step in achieving healthy sense of self-awareness—a foundational building block of strong emotional intelligence. We refer to this as “emotional literacy.”
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