I facilitated a group workshop yesterday, for children and their parents in Auckland, with many ideas that are reflected in this short video. http://www.6seconds.org/2013/04/10/three-essential-facts-about-feelings/
This video summarises perfectly the purpose of our emotions. We need not fear them, avoid them, or deny them, because in doing so we are missing an opportunity to grow and learn about ourselves. We are often sold the idea that unless we feel the more ‘positive’ emotions, the acceptable ones, then we must not acknowledge them-a notion picked up from the trend in positive psychology!(we then had a discussion to share that no emotions are negative as they ALL have a positive intent). I asked the children to separate a list of feelings words that we had gathered on the whiteboard, into ‘positive’ and ‘negative’. They assigned the word ‘Proud’ to the ‘negative bin reinforced by their parents. What do you think about that? I am increasingly realising, through work with clients, that this is one of the sources of lack of self worth I witness almost daily in my practice room.