What is the Purpose of Emotions [episode 27]

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If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m super passionate when it comes to emotions, and more specifically, how we handle emotions in rural America. Sometimes it’s scary to post about topics that kind of ‘go against the grain’ in the online world though; the pushback is real, and I don’t always know how my message is going to land. Fortunately, the feedback I’ve received from one of my recent episodes, The ‘Thick Skin’ Myth and How We View Emotions in Rural America (episode 25), has been very positive, and shows me that this is something I need to continue bringing to light.

While I talked about how we typically approach emotions in rural America in episode 25, I didn’t get into what emotions are, or what their specific purpose is. In today’s episode, I talk about the purpose of emotions, and why they matter much more than we may think. I’m sharing my thoughts on the key connection between emotions and communication, what various types of emotions are trying to communicate and the needs they represent, and even how a Feelings Wheel can support you with identifying and processing specific emotions.

I’ve said it before, and you know I’ll continue saying it, but emotions do NOT make us weak. What’s actually a sign of weakness is when we continue dismissing and shoving our emotions down – absolutely NO ONE benefits from this. Exploring and digging into emotions is something I’ll continue doing on my platforms; the purpose of emotions is extremely valid, and it’s something that we need to better understand in our society! 

In this episode, What is the Purpose of Emotions, we cover:

  • What emotions really are + the limbic system’s role with emotions
  • The important connection regarding emotions and communication
  • Examples of emotions and what they’re trying to communicate + what needs they represent
  • How a Feelings Wheel can help you better specify and process your emotions, instead of shove them down

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In stockmanship (the art and science of handling cattle in a safe, effective, low-stress manner), we have this phrase . . . good movement draws good movement. 

It’s this thing that happens when we ask a small group of cattle, maybe a cow, or a pair to move out in a certain direction and their movement draws the whole herd into moving in the same direction.

Good movement happens when we approach the cattle with a positive attitude, read and really listen to what they’re telling us, and communicate accordingly. 

We don’t approach the aware, flighty cattle the same as we do the tame, docile cattle. We adjust ourselves, our energy, and approach, and communicate with each differently.

These adjustments help us effectively draw good movement from each, which then draws good movement from the herd. But it starts with us.

The same is true for humans. Good movement starts with us.

Welcome to Good Movement Draws Good Movement, the podcast where farmers, ranchers, and rural folks can grow relationally through awareness, understanding, and effective communication.

Hey, it’s me – T. I’m your host, and I, along with my guests, will be covering topics related to drawing good movement – things like self and social awareness, brain science, positive psychology, extending grace, and so much more. 

We’ll share tools that can help you understand why you are the way you are, why others are the way they are, and how you can use that to step out of self-told lies with grace and compassion to draw good movement in conversations, relationships, and life in rural America. 

Tune in every Tuesday and make sure to hit subscribe so you never miss an episode! Let’s go draw good movement!

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