Monday, October 18, 2010

Guidelines For Expressing Feelings

Recognizing and then expressing feelings is key to a balanced life.

Here are some guidelines:

  1. Expressing feelings begins with an “I statement” --keeping the focus on me.
  2. Formula: “I feel ____ (adjective follows: happy, sad, embarrassed, elated, etc.) about...”
  3. Feelings are neither right nor wrong, good nor bad, they just are.
  4. Saying, “I feel THAT...,” is probably not expressing a feeling.
  5. If I can substitute “I think” for “I feel,” then I am expressing a thought.
Expressing our feelings allows us to share our needs without needing to judge another. We can help others understand our unique perceptions and requirements.

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