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Introduction to the Five Components of Emotions
Emotions are a roller coaster. When you are dealing with chronic pain as well as emotional pain. We can experience intense emotions, Understanding emotions is a vital component of learning mindfulness to manage chronic pain. You wouldn’t believe how much chronic pain management and emotion disregulation go hand in hand.
Negative Emotions can Trigger Many Feelings
We will study many kinds of ways that being mindful of your thoughts, feelings, triggers and surroundings can affect you both mentally and physically. Being mindful is a concept we will get into further in this group. Understanding emotions and how they are triggered needs to be understood however first. When we understand that it is ok to feel how we feel and why we do feel certain emotions, everything including managing chronic and acute pain is another effective form of pain management. We will learn how to radically accept (another concept you will learn in this group) our emotions, the hold they have over us and our actions decreases.
Included note of top examples for most people -
You feel anxious when someone leaves you.
You think that a person is not listening to you.
You feel helpless over situations where you have no control.
You do not feel valued or appreciated.
You feel that you are not good enough.
You think that you are being judged all the time.
You feel belittled and worthless.
You feel controlled by someone.
The Five Components of Emotions
When we go through the array of emotions there are five components. Emotions are complicated and individually to each person yet Some of the components remain the same for everybody. When we experience a trigger which is an event that happens internally and externally. They are generally started by an event that occurs usually some thing that is either a major event or it could be a daily event. This leads to more emotions and events that was triggered by one major life change or event or an event that happened earlier in the week or just today for example. It could be a conversation that triggers an emotional response. It could be going to work, it could be an argument with a significant other, it could be the loss of a job, it could be not finding your car keys or having your battery die. When we have chronic pain emotions we feel are so much stronger and so triggers can happen more easily. Learning how to manage these triggers and events can greatly reduce your physical pain as we have mentioned that physical chronic pain and emotional pain go hand-in-hand. This chart is components when in the workforce. These are similar but a few different components.
You are driving down the road and decide to stop and get gas. On the way you run into a friend who tells you some news they heard about you . It’s not that bad, it's just something that is enough to irritate you a little bit. You continue on your way to the gas station. When you get to the pump, There is a line and you are starting to get a headache. This makes you tired to think that you might get a migraine which is an internal trigger while the others are external triggers. The internal triggers are the ones that are making you think that you were going to get a migraine and the external triggers are the ones that are keeping you from taking some headache medicine. This can start to fire off an emotional state. These all start to set your emotions off. Included is emotional intelligence and the five elements of that type of emotional reactions.
Your beliefs and assumptions about what is going on will be Exasperated as emotions take off. Thoughts that fire with emotions are usually emotion-congruent. That is to say, if you feel stressed because there is a line at the gas station, your thoughts are likely to be worry thoughts, rigid "I'm right" thoughts, and that's normal for all people experiencing anxiety
When you have chronic pain that could either be a regular headache or a migraine. You start to feel secondary emotions and thoughts that you should calm down because it might just be a headache that is caused by being in line and might be a little dehydrated and you’re not gonna have a full-grown migraine.You start to feel angry because the people in front of you were taking too long to feel gas and you feel like it’s wrong to be angry you don’t know the day they’re having. Then you can start to feel like you have no right to be angry because of this and this creates a mixed emotional experience. It can also create a completely new emotional experience like depression that you can’t stand your life anymore everything is too difficult having doing some thing simple as going to get gas. As mentioned earlier, thoughts can also set off emotion as an internal trigger. Do you think the event was positive, unfair, shameful or unbearable? We will continue with the rest as I go. This is the second part of chronic and emotional pain series.