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Emotional Literacy

The purpose of developing our emotional literacy is to precisely identify and communicate our feelings.

When we do this we are helping nature fulfill its design for our feelings. We must know how we feel in order to be able to fill our emotional needs - we must communicate our feelings in order to get the emotional support and understanding we need from others, as well as to show our emotional support and understanding to them.

The first step is to start using simple, three word sentences such as these: "I feel sad.", "I feel offended.", "I feel appreciated.", "I feel hurt.", "I feel disrespected."

This may feel strange at first, but it gets easier with time. Just by naming a feeling, we begin to actually feel the feeling.

It seems that by naming the feeling we help our mind access the emotional part of the brain where feelings are stored. This step of identifying the feeling by name is essential to a development of one's innate emotional processing abilities.

Children taught to name their feelings in this way are more likely to be in touch with their emotions, and in control of them.