Emotions 101

I was just part of a national conversation on how difficult it is for people to talk about feelings.

Sometimes it’s worth stating the obvious. So here’s emotions 101, as I understand them:

– emotions are helpful signals.  

– if you don’t process them,  you’ll end up physically or mentally unwell,  and your relationships will suffer.

– processing your emotions is a skill like any other,  which you can learn and improve at.

– a useful first step in processing emotions is to try and name them.

I’ve completed the first few videos and exercises on this course on processing emotions,  and so far,  it’s *excellent*. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, contact Samaritans (Ireland and Northern Ireland) on 116 123 or Lifeline (Northern Ireland) on 0808 808 8000.


Emma MacAdam, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist