When it comes to emotions, many people find it extremely difficult to control theirs, and this can sometimes create issues. In addition to making the person look like a drama queen or king, and sometimes resulting in them being branded over-sensitive, a big show of emotions can at times be inappropriate.
Experts in psychology are now saying that learning to identify and control emotions has become a growing trend. They also believe that this is something that more people should focus on learning, as it enables them to react appropriately to different situations and environments. Classed as impulse control, psychology professionals believe that this could benefit those who currently tend to go over the top when it comes to their emotions.
Having More Time to Think
Often, people react to a situation before they have even had time to let the information sink in, so their response is purely an impulse one in reaction to the situation. However, this then leads to reactions that are over the top and have been triggered without the person actually having the chance to think about the situation.
According to experts, people need to learn to identify the emotion they are feeling when they are in particular situations – for instance, sadness, anger, and so on. They also need to be able to step back and consider how they are feeling before they react. It is the inability – and perhaps unwillingness – to do this that often leads to people having an exaggerated negative response. When people start screaming, snapping, and shouting at others, it is often due to their inability to control their emotions.
A Reactive Response
Experts went on to say that it is natural for our brains to be reactive when a situation occurs, and the raw emotions that come out at that point can result in over-the-top emotions. They added that buying yourself some time to let the details of the situation sink in means you can access a different section of the brain that deals with problem-solving and reasoning. This then means you can react more appropriately and less dramatically when a situation occurs.
It is also important to remember that the way you feel can have a profound impact on your life quality, but the fact that you cannot control your emotions or even identify them in some cases means that this impact is often a negative one. More people need to spend time thinking about how they are feeling at any given time and monitor emotions in different situations. This is an important step in adapting and learning to control emotions more effectively.