As a superfeeler, emotions are intense, sudden, and seemingly uncontrollable. We’ve shared previously about learning to cope with intense feelings. Our approach was corroborated and highlighted in a recent NPR article on naming your anger. It’s based on the concept of emotional granularity, which roughly means breaking down one category of emotion into more defined sub-categories. In the same way that there are many different words and ways of describing something like the rain (pouring, sprinkling, raining cats and dogs, showers, misting, etc), having many ways of describing a type of emotion like anger gives you more clarity on what exactly is happening.
Studies show that the more emotional granularity a person has, the less likely they are to shout or hit someone who has hurt them. They are also less likely to binge drink when stressed. …
Emotional granularity is like watching HDTV versus regular TV. It lets you see your anger with higher resolution…”
So, the better able you are at naming and recognizing the different types of anger you feel, the more you can understand what your best course of action is.
For some help getting started with noticing and naming your anger, watch our video explaining and guiding you through practicing it.
To read the full article, visit NPR.
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