Label Distortion / Emotion
While most people have little difficulty identifying what kind of emotion they are experiencing, there are times when it can be a challenge to precisely label them. Anxiety can mask itself as anger; fear or embarrassment as depression. Sometimes the intensity of the emotion needs to be identified before our minds are fully prepared to manage our feelings and adapt our cognitive habits. Assessing the situations that make us feel a certain way and developing a rich vocabulary for labeling our emotions can provide clarity.
In addition to CBT, the positive psychology movement has created numerous evidence-based strategies for managing emotions, cultivating resilience, and promoting well-being.
Understanding the pathways that drive self-awareness and the growth needed to develop emotional maturity is largely the purview of the field of psychology that deals with emotional intelligence (EI). Emotional intelligence is the capacity to recognize, understand, manage and express our own emotions, as well as to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Popularized by Daniel Goleman in the 1990s, the concept of EI has been embraced by educators across disciplines as key to equipping people to learn and grow both in their professional as well as personal lives. Learn more about emotional intelligence and the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIque) self-assessment.
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