Emotions Want You to Listen

JOY is a sense of deep happiness, pleasure, and lightness of heart.

EXCITEMENT is great enthusiasm and eagerness; positive anticipation.

ANGER shows you where your boundaries are, and what you believe needs to change in your personal life and in the world. It is a ‘signal emotion’, that informs you something is wrong.

BITTERNESS tells you where the wounds are.  It is a stuck place with deep hurt and judgment of self. And others.

SADNESS is about loss and grief. It also shows you the depth of emotion that is possible to feel, that is an essential part of living and loving.

DISAPPOINTMENT means that you care about something you value that was not realized. Although this emotion is often maligned, it means that you are not apathetic. You tried for something you believed in.

RESENTMENT is set in the past.  It is about events that are gone, but have left lots of residue. It often includes a sense of injustice or unfairness.

BETRAYAL is a violation of trust or confidence that produces psychological distress and conflict. This is what I call a ‘surprise emotion’, because it changes or affects the course of a previous feeling, leaving great distress and confusion.

DISCOMFORT most often derives from lack of familiarity, when you are thrust into activities, interactions, or expectations different than what you are used to.

SHAME emerges from an internalization about other people’s beliefs or expectations about who you should be. It’s also a signal emotion: it shows us that it is time to find and connect with your authentic self.

GUILT also has to do with the expectations of others. It comes from a sense of having let down another and what they wanted you to do or be.

ANXIETY is an ancient response to threat or danger. It is initially self protective, because it provides an impetus to avoid the danger. It becomes maladaptive when it is chronically activated, leading to avoidance, aggression, or subservient behaviors to prevent perceived threat.

These are just a few of the emotions that have complexity and nuance.
There are no bad emotions; just signals that want to be heard.

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