Science Confirms the Obvious: Sometimes We Act Without Thinking

Monday, May 5, 2008 - 16:21 in Psychology & Sociology

Psychologist: “How are you feeling?” Patient: “I feel like I want to punch the lights out of…out of…this anger management pillow printed with my boss’s photo!” Psychologist: “So that emotion would be called…” Patient: “Annoyance. Anger.” Psychologist: “And why do you think that is?” Patient: “Because he made me mad.” Psychologist: "And..." Patient: “Because I am insecure about being passed over for that promotion?” Psychologist: “Go on…” A fundamental credo of therapy is to first be aware of your emotions, preferably before they hijack your actions. But often we don’t immediately recognize that we’re feeling irritable, fearful, or disgusted, especially when our significant other is there to notice it first. And sometimes it takes a moment to pinpoint why. read more

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