WHAT ARE THE INFLUENCE OF EMOTIONS MOTIVATIONAL INFLUENCE IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Emotions are generally experienced as being positive (e.g. contentment,
happiness, enthusiasm) or negative (e.g. sadness, shame, anxiety,
jealousy). Most clients who enter
therapy do so because they are experiencing difficulties or disturbances in
We generally want to act in ways that promote positive emotions and
avoid or eliminate negative ones.
Therefore, emotions motivate us to take action.
For example, if you feel frustrated or anxious in your job, you will try
to bring about change to reduce those negative feelings.
The intensity of the emotion is also important. The stronger the emotion, the stronger its motivational influence, and consequently
the more likely we are to take action. It has also been observed (Lazarus,
1991a) that emotions seem to be related to personal goals or meaning. An event that has little or no meaning to the
individual will evoke little emotion. Too much or too little in the way…
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