Identifying Emotions- Is That Rational?

Don’t be so emotional! That doesn’t seem to be very rational! I don’t care how you feel about this; I want to know what you think.

Have you ever heard statements like these when working with others, especially in stressful times, like during change? Of course we all know that “true professionals” are always very rational and logical. Or are they? And should they always be so rational? Perhaps it is more logical and rational to identify and acknowledge the emotions involved in stressful times of change and transition.

Just what role do emotions play in our lives, especially during stressful times? Is there a reason we should become more aware of our emotions?

Because most people rarely express their emotions directly, we are left to our own intuition to understand someone’s feelings. Being able to “read” cues, especially non-verbal cues, really helps us to understand someone’s emotional state. Reading this emotional state and gaining a better understanding of how someone feels, allows us to better connect with others. Through our connections we then build relationships that result in better communications. And, after all, isn’t improved communications what most people say is needed more in the workplace or the community or the family?

The other benefit to being aware of emotions is being able to function as a whole human. It enables us to relate to and connect with the other half of our being. Since humans are not just rational beings but also emotional beings, by recognizing our emotions we can relate to others and our environment on a different level. We are able to use more of our human potential.

If this is important to us as learning humans, then why would we not want to learn more about recognizing and utilizing our emotions? Why would we not spend more effort at learning about recognizing and addressing our emotions and how they impact our behavior?

Take a few minutes and reflect upon a time when your lack of awareness of your emotions resulted in an unpleasant and unwanted outcome. Recognize what emotions you were experiencing and how you might have better utilized those emotions to impact a different outcome.

Until next time, practice paying attention to your emotions and what they are saying to you.