When we can describe our emotions, we have a perception of control. Otherwise, we end up acting-out, or “behaving”, our emotions. The goal is to give ourselves a better emotional vocabulary. Pinning an emotion with a name work because once you have a name for it, it doesn’t become so overwhelming. You actually get off the emotion rollercoaster ride and you look at it rather than being in it and it becomes much easier to figure out why you’re feeling it. The pressure actually starts to go away.
About Dave Lechnyr, LCSW
Dave Lechnyr is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Eugene, Oregon. He works with individuals and couples who want help in navigating life and who desire to become a better version of themselves. He is a Gottman Certified Therapist and has also trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.