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November 20, 2023

3 Reasons You Need a Strong Emotional Vocabulary

Learning is an ongoing process.  When it stops, we are like that rolling stone that gathers moss – we start operating on paradigms and perspectives based on past experience.  

Unlearning is equally as important.  Often we believe a word or phrase means one thing, and then learn that it means so much more at a higher octave of its expression – maybe even its polar opposite. 

When we are open to expanded definitions, our lives expand.  A new way of thinking is possible. And we know where your thoughts go your energy flows and shows up as life experience.

Words are important because they are not just sounds or symbols. They are the building blocks of human communication, a reflection of our shared history and culture, and a means of expressing deeper truths about the world. They carry weight and power, and the words we choose to use can shape our understanding of the world and our place in it.  And the words that make up your vocabulary join to generate the energy that manifests as your life experience – especially emotionally charged words.

So it’s important to expand our vocabulary around emotions because it leads to better communication and connection in three ways. 

  1. When we understand our emotions, we can express them accurately and effectively. Which leads to more open and honest communication. We are able to articulate our feelings and needs more clearly.
  2. Understanding our emotions can help us to empathize with others. By enhancing our own emotional vocabulary, we can better understand the emotions of others. Which fosters  deeper connections, as we are able to relate to others on a more personal and emotional level.
  3. It helps us respond rather than react in our interactions with others. Instead of reacting impulsively or defensively, we can consciously choose how to act based on our understanding of our emotions in amore  thoughtful and considerate manner.

Lastly, a strong emotional vocabulary leads to healthier and more harmonious relationships. We are able to navigate conflicts in a more effective and respectful manner.  For example, you know the difference between hostility, rage, fury, and annoyance as different octaves of anger, and you can express yourself accordingly.

In essence, a strong emotional vocabulary is a key aspect of emotional intelligence, which is crucial for effective communication and connection.

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