This will also calm the lower brain.
Name the feeling or fear that you see.
This will send the message to the lower brain that you understand and that you’re there to help.
It will let the protective lower brain know that it has done its job and found support.
Try, ‘You look scared. Is that what you’re feeling right now?’ or ‘I can see that you’re worried about going to the party.
Is that what’s happening for you?’ Feelings always exist to meet a need.
Research has found that labelling an emotion calms the activity in the amygdala and at the same time increases activity in the prefrontal cortex.
When you name the feeling and offer what’s needed (assurance, warmth, security) the need behind the feeling will ease, and the feeling will start to calm.
As Marc Bracket from the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence describes, ‘Labelling your emotions is key.
If you can name it, you can tame it.’
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