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1 1 Lesson 3 Expressing Emotions in Healthful Ways

2 2 Understanding Your Emotions Emotions –Signals that tell your mind and body how to react Happiness, sadness, love, fear, guilt, anger –Hostility »The intentional use of unfriendly or offensive behavior Hormones –Chemicals produced by your glands that regulate the activities of different body cells Normal for teens to feel overcome by emotions

3 3 Managing Your Emotions Emotions are neither good nor bad The way you express your emotions can produce good or bad consequences Dealing with Emotions in a Positive Way –Express your emotions through smile, laugh, support Empathy –The ability to imagine and understand how someone else feels –Deal with feelings in harmful ways Exaggerate their feelings, pretend they do not have feelings, or hurt another person deliberately

4 4 Dealing with Emotions Ask yourself these questions to help recognize your emotions and express them positively –Why do I feel the way I do about this event? –Will this event matter later on in my life? –Why should I wait before responding? –What can I do to feel better? –Who can I ask to help me deal with my negative feelings?

5 5 Responding to Difficult Emotions Through Defense Mechanisms Defense Mechanisms –Mental process that protect individuals from strong or stressful emotions and situations Common Defense Mechanisms –Repression Involuntarily pushing unpleasant feelings out of ones’ mind –Regression Returning to behaviors characteristic of a younger age –Denial Lack of recognition –Projections Attributing your own feelings or faults to another person –Suppression Consciously and intentionally pushing unpleasant feelings out of one’s mind –Rationalization Making excuses, rather than taking responsibility –Compensation Making up for mistakes or weaknesses through gift giving, or extreme efforts

6 6 Responding to Difficult Emotions Handling Fear –Overcome them by recognizing that you are afraid and figuring out what is causing this fear Dealing with Guilt –Admitting a mistake, apologizing, some situations are out of your control Managing Anger –Do something to relax –Channel your energy in a different direction –Talk with someone you trust


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