Emotional Flow

In the Not Forum Transparency group i am in, Marta has just brought these new tools from Emotional Brain Training.  One of the tools form EBT involved using key emotional states in a free flowing style to be more transparent.  Interestingly, you are encouraged to express feelings which need not be factually true “I am sad that no one cares for me” might be an oft classic case.  The more challenging emotions are

  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Fear
  • Guilt

The more comforting emotions are

  • Happy
  • Proud
  • Grateful
  • Secure
  • Hopeful

Participants are encouraged to produce a free flowing series of emotions using short sentences of the form “I am angry that …”, “I feel Secure that …” and so forth.  You might do this for 6 to 10 minutes.  Just riffing emotionally.  It is incredibly powerful

My personal experience was i got to admit things that i was angry about and then admit my guilt feelings of being angry.  I found myself proud of learning in the charged dialog mostly with Sara, but facilitated by Abigail about how to be a good ally to sexual assault survivors. And what i heard from others in the room that i can’t tell you about was even more powerfully insightful.  I am glad we are adopting this new tool, i think there is a lot of power too it.

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a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

3 responses to “Emotional Flow”

  1. Frightwig says :

    Yo, Pax. Why is it that the challenging emotions are nouns while the comforting ones are adjectives?

    Check out Clinton Callahan’s work, being offered in Seattle by NFNC summer camp folks.

    ~Mr. Frightwig of Oregon

  2. paxus says :

    Dearest Mr. Frightwig:

    it is my incompetence certainly. i encourage you to check out the EBT site, and i will clean this up (it is almost certainly that they are all supposed to be adjective forms). i banged this out late at night (as i oft do) and precision suffers at my hands.

    Paxus at Twin Oaks
    27 Not Here 2012

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