Moods – When can you be the real you?

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Are you ‘tired’ and you can’t nap in the middle of work hours?

Are you ‘hungry’ and you can’t eat in class?

Are you ‘irated’ while you are in a traffic jam while trying to drop your kids off at school?

We identify these scenarios of time, place, and body response as elements to lifestyles. Genuine feelings may be masked when its perceived the mood doesn’t fit the time or place. There are environments where stress increases if feedback is honest instead of agreeable. Mood is subjective. Emotional responses may be genuine with practice, time, and awareness to body responses. Skilled active listeners and emotional well individuals are aware of genuine and false emotional responses. Sensory sensitive human beings are roughly 20% of the population (Acevedo 2014).

Those who rarely trust intuitive messages may read facial expressions or follow voice tone inflection to perceive one’s mood.  A human’s sense is fascinating. Active listeners may identify complexities rise when a genuine mood is masked to ‘fit in’ with behavior standards.  Perceptions may be “respectful” or “deceitful” with diverse behavior standards. When intuition is trusted it may alert differences between reality and falsehood. Improving emotional wellbeing includes improving attention to alerting behaviors, like falsehood.

Eye contact, body language, touch, vocabulary, environmental cues, and tone of voice are sense elements to regulating emotional behaviors. There are individuals who may not recognize body behaviors with emotions like being “upset”, “focused”, “sad” or even “tired”.  This person may rarely use facial expressions or commonly respond ‘nothing’ to the question ‘what’s bothering you?’  One opportunity to improving emotional wellbeing is vulnerably sharing feelings. Identify them with moods, like feeling confused or conflicted, then follow with details of body and environment observations.

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Acevedo, B. P., Aron, E. N., Aron, A., Sangster, M.-D., Collins, N., & Brown, L. L. (2014). The highly sensitive brain: an fMRI study of sensory processing sensitivity and response to others’ emotions. Brain and Behavior4(4), 580–594.

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