You and I
pronoun [ second person singular or plural ]
1 used to refer to the person or people that the speaker is addressing : are you listening? | I love you.
• used to refer to the person being addressed together with other people regarded in the same class : you Australians.
• used in exclamations to address one or more people : you fools | hey, you!
2 used to refer to any person in general : after a while, you get used to it.
You make me sick
You make me mad
You always do this
You are very irritating
You are stupid
You make me feel terrible
You make me feel ugly
You make me feel angry
You make me feel sad
You make me feel hopeless
No-one makes you feel.
You feel your own feelings
They are inside you
The feelings belong to you.
Feelings can be triggered by another.
YOU - the word
is not the best word to start a sentence
not the best chance of a positive
Non verbal communication (NVC),
together with 'you' starting sentences,
(what we are NOT saying
is more powerful than words)
are usually a pointed finger
or table banging
and a screwed up face.
This person is not managing emotions well.
The ' I ' starting sentences however ....
I feel sad that you said that
I feel frustrated
I feel terrible
I feel ugly
I feel angry
I feel sad
I feel hopeless.
You are sharing your feelings here.
You are sharing your unique self,
undressing the soul.
without dumping them on another.
The NVC here is often
palm resting on own chest
or open palms.
'I', the use of 'I',
at the front end of a sentence
is owning those feelings.
Those feelings residing in your gut,
those feelings rising up through the chest,
those feelings desperate to spit out of the mouth,
an act of fight, not flight,
unless you use emotional intelligence.
When we use ' I '
we are managing our emotions
(I don't like the word control because often
feelings are being stifled, locked in, whereas
'managing' feelings means
we are deciding how to communicate
NOT being a reactor.
That skill, called emotional intelligence,
(always developing never fully developed)
nurtures the ability to
NOT letting them manage you -
and the the resulting
surge up through the chest
the spitting of words
the damaging of relationships
and our own self esteem.
I believe that this small item of
Social and Emotional Learning
can be practiced and
be an additional tool
in the toolbox of life.
I want to interact with you
not just give you something to read.
PRACTICE - a couple of quick ones here for you.
Write down a feeling word for each of the Blobs below.
How each is 'feeling'.
Writing the word is better than just internally noting.
Even better to do this with others.
touching EACH Blob makes it even more personal.
That little exercise is cultivating Emotional Literacy -
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL