Emotions

Emotions are one of life’s fundamental pillars. Basic emotions like sadness, joy, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust, along with all other emotions, configure our day to day lives. In this category, find articles which explain what causes them and how to control them.

The Process of a Child’s Emotional Development

A child’s emotional development makes them aware of the origin and development of their emotions. They begin to read them in other people’s facial expressions, and thus interpret them according to the social context (1). The change and growth expected…

How to Cope with Despair and Depression

There are times when we feel desperate because we can’t make sense of what’s going on around us. We feel angry at ourselves and take it out on those closest to us. The truth is that behind these distressing psychological…

Compassionate Empathy: From Feeling to Action

If there’s one thing the world needs right now, it’s compassionate empathy. What this means is not settling with understanding, connection, and a heart that hurts for other people. What this means is taking action and helping. It means deciding to…

The Traffic Light System for Anger Management

The traffic light system is a tool for kids ages 4-10 to help them deal with their emotions. Children at that age can identify basic emotions but have trouble managing them properly. The traffic light system uses a recognizable symbol,…

Hidden Anger: The Emotion that Changes Our Personality

Hidden anger, that rage we feel but keep to ourselves, can change our personality. The disappointments experienced, the failures, the damage suffered, lost illusions, and every event that comes our way leaves a mark. What we sometimes don’t realize, though,…

Eight Traits of Immature People

Immature people are characterized by carrying with them certain childhood desires and fantasies. This is why a lack of emotional regulation and egocentrism are two of their most characteristic features. Impulsiveness and lack of empathy also characterize immature people. They…

Emotional Dependence during Adolescence

Psychology needs time to properly deal with different types of emotional difficulties, such as jealousy or emotional dependence during adolescence. The latter has some very characteristic features. We’ll be studying them in this article. Our day to day human interactions…

Kama Muta: The Most Intense Emotion

Kama muta is a term that comes from Sanskrit and literally means “to be moved, filled with love and/or admiration”. Researchers tell us it’s the most intense universal emotion because it defines that moment when we feel full of affection.…

Six Keys to Expressing Your Emotions

Putting emotions into words is a way to express your emotions and, therefore, a rather healing exercise. Because sometimes there’s no specific technique that could directly facilitate a change in our mood. However, the mere act of expressing what’s inside…

The Fear of Taking the First Step

The fear of taking the first step is the main thing that sabotages your dreams, both big and small. It’s precisely in that first step where most people get stuck because fear takes a hold of you. However, if you…

Denial or Willful Ignorance

Psychoanalysis suggests that we all use some unconscious strategies to maintain our sanity. These strategies are called defense mechanisms. One of them is denial or willful ignorance. Although this strategy can lead to temporary peace, it can bring about many…

Maladaptive Emotions Don’t Exist

Emotions have an adaptive and evolutionary value, as science has been able to demonstrate it. Studies by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Psychology Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, show that basic emotions have an inherent adaptive function.…

Does Accepting Negative Emotions Make You Happier?

It isn’t pleasant to experience negative emotions. In fact, it can be downright painful, especially if you consider that your brain is designed to seek pleasure and avoid pain. That’s why accepting negative emotions can be so complicated. As difficult…

Seven Common Emotional Issues

To understand these common emotional issues you need to know where they’re coming from. Knowing and accepting their cause is the first step towards getting better and it’ll help you work on it. Emotions can affect how you think or…

Adults Also Have Tantrums

When you hear the word ‘tantrum’, you probably imagine a 2 or 3-year-old child lying on the ground and screaming. However, adults also have tantrums. Sometimes, they get lost in their emotions. Specifically, emotions like frustration, jealousy, and disappointment. According…

Two Exercises to Develop Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence consists of being aware of your emotions and how they affect yourself and others. Thus, it begins with acknowledging yourself and using social awareness to understand the emotional foundations of the things you do. Half a century ago,…