Degrees of Emotions
Behavior is driven by emotions. Emotions are driven by thoughts. Thoughts are underpinned by beliefs, and the human mind can believe anything!
How Emotional States Play Out in Life
The tables demonstrate how various situations produce emotions that in turn cause behavior. The search for the emotion or feeling behind the behavior (and hleping the patient or other recongnize thier own feelings) is one of the pastoral caregiver’s primary tasks.
Expressing your feelings can be demonstrated directly or indirectly through various behavior; commands, questions, accusations, name calling, and sarcasm. For example: Using a command – Directly: “I hurt too much to hear anymore.” or Indirectly: “Shut up!”
Understanding the concept of “Emotional Intelligence”
Defined in 5 dimensions:
- Knowing one’s own emotions (self-awareness)
- Managing one’s emotions
- Motivating oneself
- Recognizing emotions in others (othe-awereness)
- Handling relationships
A primary goal for he pastoral caregiver is to help the patient and family acknowledge and understand their emotions.