The view below, I encountered early this morning in beautiful West Yorkshire. As I was walking alone ,I listened to my David Rock audio book on “Your Brain at Work”. I have learnt so much from this book and so many things I can apply to training/learning. This mornings learning was about the limbic brain and how emotions can effectively overrun if you let them. This implies that at times we have control over our emotions and that is not always true.
However what I learnt was that suppressing them can actually increase the intensity of the emotions as can talking about them freely. The unexpected snippet I got from David Rock today (although not personally of course) was that if you talk about your emotions symbolically, with very few words it can help to keep them under control. What he alluded to was using metaphors can be a good way of expressing strong emotions.
For example if someone upsets me today I could describe the feeling as a real “kick in the stomach” rather than going on about them. So what application has this got in training?
Well emotional intelligence is something that fascinates me and it is good for managers to be emotionally intelligent. Not only should they be able to gauge others emotions but also their own and be able to express them in the correct way (at the correct time). If they can practice this simple technique of expressing their strong emotions symbolically, their stress levels should decrease and they should be able to manage their own emotions better? But our culture does not encourage us to express our emotions and that is why “Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health, 10.4 and 7.5 million days respectively.” last year.
Interesting thought about emotions and the British “stiff-upper lip” indeed – maybe it need to be less stiff?