WHY IDENTIFY AN EMOTION?
Why invest so much effort to categorise, rate and label our emotions? First, it makes us feel them! That is essential! But this labelling can seem like a lot of work. Why should we do it?
A COMPUTER ANALOGY
Think of an emotion as a computer file on your brain’s ‘hard drive’. In order to fully process & release a suppressed emotion, you must find that ‘computer file’ again. Finding a file is easier if you know the file name or description! Correctly labelling an emotion file allows use of the ‘search function’ on your mental computer. Then retrieval is fast & accurate.
EMOTIONS CAN GET MISPLACED
If you don’t give an emotion a clear name, the stored ‘emotion file’ could get misplaced or confused with other files. By accurately labelling the emotion, you can more easily locate it for processing & clearing. Bad labelling can result in some emotion files remaining lost & unprocessed! So, remember to briefly feel your emotions to correctly label them!
PROCESS THE FILE
After fully processing an emotion, you can DELETE other unhelpful parts of that file from your active memory! You can also MOVE valuable parts into a ‘dealt with’ or ‘wisdom gained’ folder. Practise feeling an emotion well enough to accurately characterize it.