WHAT ARE THE EMOTIONS AND COMMUNICATION IN MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Emotions have an important role in communicating information about
ourselves to others. We communicate our feelings through facial expressions and
other expressive behaviours. The emotions that we express will evoke certain
emotions in others.

For example, an expression of sadness and grief may evoke empathy and
helping behaviour in others (Izard, 1989). If we do not openly convey our
emotions, others must guess our feelings. They may guess wrongly or may even
fail to notice. The outcome can be that
the individual feels misunderstood and unimportant.

Some people are at the other extreme.
That is, they are overly emphatic in the way they express their
emotions. The recipient may feel confused and overwhelmed by such overly
expressive behaviour. They may find it difficult to gauge how the other person
really feels.

Social skills training programs have been adapted to the counselling
process as a means of enabling clients to become…

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