THE CHOICE: Act, Accept, or Run Away 31/30 How to Process Emotions- Course Summary 🎉

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Welcome to the last chapter in the “How to Process Your Emotions” course! (Buy the full course with workbook here: I can’t believe it’s over! By this point you’ve learned over 30 skills that you can use to process through your emotions.
But the goal of this course isn’t just to feel better, it’s also to get better at feeling. To get good at having emotions, working through them and then making choices that lead to a rich and fulfilling life.

When we take a step back and look at the process of resolving emotions, we start with identifying the emotion, then move into slowing it down, accepting the emotion and exploring it, all of these steps are important. But the whole purpose of emotional regulation is to help us take helpful action. Action often helps us free up that stored ‘movement’ inside us. Look at the word “emotion” e-motion, the “mot” comes from Latin and means “to move”, the same root that is in words like motivation and motor, it is something that inspires movement. Our emotions, even the ones that can be considered “negative” (or uncomfortable) can be powerful motivating forces to help us move and change.

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In therapy I use a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Systems Theory, positive psychology, and a bio-psycho-social approach to treating mental illness and other challenges we all face in life. The ideas from my videos are frequently adapted from multiple sources. Many of them come from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, especially the work of Steven Hayes, Jason Luoma, and Russ Harris. The sections on stress and the mind-body connection derive from the work of Stephen Porges (the Polyvagal theory), Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing) Francine Shapiro (EMDR), and Bessel Van Der Kolk. I also rely heavily on the work of the Arbinger institute for my overall understanding of our ability to choose our life’s direction.
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