Psychology Tools for Living Well is a self-help course that teaches the principles and practice of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Understanding our emotions is an important part of managing and living with them. This chapter discusses: the purpose of emotions, the ways in which they motivate our actions, the evolution of emotions, approach and avoidance, emotions as ‘problems, and psychological approaches to emotion (encompassing CBT and ACT perspectives). It includes exercises for: reflecting upon the impact of emotions in their lives, and managing strong feelings.
This is a Psychology Tools workbook chapter. Suggested uses include:
- Client handout – use as a psychoeducation and skills-development resource
- Discussion point – use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
- Therapist learning tool – improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
- Teaching resource – use as a learning tool during training
- Blackledge, J. T., & Hayes, S. C. (2001). Emotion regulation in acceptance and commitment therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57(2), 243–255.
- Koenig, J. The dictionary of obscure sorrows. Retrieved from http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/.