Ironically, the required is not celebrated. In our society, emotions are often seen as a sign of weakness. It sometimes like behaving childlike. It has being scenically proved that young children has more tendency of creativity compare to mature ones, let alone the old people in our society.
They are viewed as the opposite of “rationality” and “intelligence,” and this stigma is part of what makes it difficult for people to express their emotional self. We do not want to be seen as weak. If strong emotions are getting in the way of your thinking, then I recommend the following seven methods for getting in touch with your emotions in order to become infinitely more creative in thinking:
1. Artistic production :
Use movies, TV, books, and music that elicits strong emotions
Another great tool in helping you connect more with your emotional self is to watch movies or TV, read a book, or listen to music that elicits strong emotions.
In this way, these forms of entertainment can broaden our emotional flexibility – they give us a chance to experience a more “full range of human emotions” that is not always available to us.
Often times consuming movies, TV, books, and music can give us an emotional experience that we do not always have in our “real world” lives. For example, a movie can take you into the life of a character who lives a vastly different life than you – and goes through struggles that are different from your own.
Horror movies give us a chance to experience terror and fear. Romance novels give us a chance to experience lust and love. In addition, dramas give us a chance to experience sadness and grief. All of these provide a safe and healthy way to tap into different emotions.
2. List the problems: Write Out what is unhappy to you
Technology has made simple to have note even on phones and lot more. Open a new document on your computer and write out what you are feeling in this new document. Please, let it all out: the anger, the frustration, the worry—all of it. The more detailed and “melodramatic” the better. It hereby advisable that you write in the following ways
i. Short jottings: write down the main points. Your sentence may not be right constructed at first but it is clue-constructed (by clue-constructed I mean being able to leave a sign that will help you to remember)
ii. Clear writing: let your clue be clear that you did not need to think about it again before you continue in that screen of thinking.
iii. Link thoughts with thoughts using your pen especially on books or handwrite apps. I hope I will not be local to suggest paper and later scan it for documentation. For now, I use paper and computer as they both support one another. it is just a suggestions.
Once you have had your rant, toss this document into the digital trashcan. Rightly, place the note you made where you will see them often. You are likely to find solutions to all this problems when it appears you are not thinking about it.
3. Draw Out your thought clearly:
I recommend that you sketch out the emotional thoughts you want. Once you have drawn out your emotion (as specifically as possible), try changing the sketch to reflect the ideal situation in which your thinking would be resolved. What would have to happen to make you feel better right now?
For example: if the emotion that is holding you back is the feeling of being trapped, and you drew yourself in a prison, you might draw yourself finding the key to that prison—and then setting yourself free.
I love this method because it takes your negative emotion and turns it into something positive: a compass that points you toward a clear solution and resolution for your emotion.
4. Question the available.
You need to question the available to be able to thinking critically. Critical thinking entails the ability to challenge the available. There is a wide deference between the possible and the occurring. It is in questioning that you get insight into what is what at any point. Dogmatism is bigot- prejudiced and intolerant of any opinions differing from the available.
5. Try every alternatives.
These who plat poker often use a simple trick when they suspect another player of bluffing. This habit is consider dangerous and limiting because it could fixate the wrong answers. The brain naturally filters the world to confirm what it already believes (which is why conservatives watch Fox News and liberals watch MSNBC). Nevertheless, this habit is limiting and dangerous; you could be fixating on the wrong answers.
6. Walk and Work : Think why dressing, eating, showering, resting/relaxing
Research has it that ideas comes even when you are not consciously considering the problem at hand. The intuition has a way of getting connection with your conscious when it appeals you are not in for thinking. Do you now agreed with mw that you can think while you are not thinking at all?
7. Be aware of signs of emotional repression
The first step in connecting more with your emotional self is to be aware of signs of emotional repression.
One common sign that you are repressing your emotions is that your emotions often erupt unexpectedly. For example, you spend a long time not telling someone about this little thing that bothers you, and then one day you just explode at him or her.
When you do not allow yourself to express or release emotions in a healthy way, they can build up to a point where you can no longer control them.
Other signs of repressing your emotions include lots of stress, anxiety, fatigue, and even insomnia. Keeping emotions bottled up is draining on your body. When you try to keep your emotions all to yourself, you often feel physically worse.
8. Self-Examination: Give time to ask yourself how you feel everyday
One simple way to connect more with your emotional self is to give time to ask yourself how you feel every day.
Just spending 5-10 minutes sitting down, and questioning your feelings , can make a big difference in how well connected you are to your emotional self.
We often see our emotions as part of the “background” of everyday life – so taking just a bit of time and making them your focus can be a very healthy and refreshing thing to do.
In addition, if you practice meditation, consider spending a whole session just using your emotions as the object of focus.
9. Discussions: Talk to other creative people about how you feel
Emotions can be difficult to share with others, but they are still good to talk about on a regular basis.
Talking more about your feelings allows you to be honest about your emotional self, and gives others the opportunity to offer insight that you may have not considered.
Many emotions are emotions driven by our relationships with other people – social emotions – like love, anger, disappointment, shame, embarrassment, guilt, and pride.
By openly sharing our feelings with others, we fulfill our emotional expression at a much-needed social level.
10. Artistic engagement: Find ways to express emotions creatively
Talking with others is one way to express your emotions, but another healthy alternative is to find creative outlets.
This can include any activities such as music, writing, photography, painting, filmmaking, dancing, or whatever you are passionate about. Often times art gives you a way to communicate your feelings in a way other than just words. It allows you to connect more with the physical and visceral experience of your emotional self.
Having creative outlets also gives you a chance to digest your emotions at a unique and personal level that cannot usually be achieve through only introspection and conversation.
11. Study People’s emotions: Mirror other people’s face and body language
Emotions are usually a combination of both our internal thoughts and feelings, but also our external facial expressions and body language.
When you connect with your emotional self (especially in a social setting), your face and body language should match the emotion you are expressing. For many people this is natural, but for others they may have more difficulty letting their emotions express themselves spontaneously.
One trick to help get yourself more used to expressing your emotions is to practice mirroring other people’s face and body language.
There are various social platform where people express their emotions that can be a source of creativity for you. Snapchat is turning people crazy now as well as Instagram. Do it first on your own time – Google images of people expressing different emotions and practice doing them by yourself. Often times just mimicking an emotion at a physical level can make you begin to feel it at a psychological level.
This exercise at first may seem silly, but it can really help “loosen your emotional muscles,” which makes it easier for you to express yourself spontaneously during your social interactions.
12. Be sensitive: Do not try to rationalize away every emotion
You need to accept emotions as a language of their own sometimes. Often people who fall to connect with their emotion suffers self-feel and a constant need to “rationalize” their emotions some times.
They cannot just “feel” for the sake of “feeling.” There needs to be a reason, a purpose, or an explanation behind every feeling they ever have.
While it can be useful to analyze our emotions sometimes, it is also nice just to let yourself experience an emotion without needing to find some underlying reason behind it.
Not every emotion is going to be explainable. In fact, often times emotion express a special kind of “knowledge” about ourselves and our world that cannot be translated verbally.