Using Emotional Categories as an Aid to Self Awareness
Five categories that most emotional distress can be categorized under
Paranoia can be subdivided into the thoughts:
These thoughts are paranoid only if they aren't true. Fear is a possible
response to pessimistic thoughts. Pessimism can be subdivided into the thoughts:
If one is unhappy and one doesn't know why it may be useful to go through the categories and ask oneself if one's feelings are related to those categories. For example, for the paranoid category one would ask oneself, "Am I unhappy because I think someone doesn't like me" and for the pessimism category one could ask oneself "Am I unhappy because I think something bad will happen"? Once we bring our problem into focus we often can reduce the emotional by just trying to feel less of it. If one is angry for example, one can simply try and be less angry and often that works. This is the point I was trying to make about the happiness muscle and the relaxation muscle. If we are aware that we are tense and try and relax often we can. If we are aware that we are angry , or pessimistic, or feel low self esteem often we can adjust those feelings by simply trying to feel less angry or less pessimistic.
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