Awareness of emotions in different situations
This lesson aims to build understanding of how an individual experiences their emotions in different situations. It can also help build awareness of triggers of different emotions due to particular situations. This awareness supports self-awareness, development of reflective functioning, emotion regulation, introduction of behaviour regulation strategies, and appropriate communication and expression of emotions.
Foundation Knowledge for this lesson includes identification of at least one emotion in themselves or others, ability to differentiate between self and others, and awareness of body parts used in expressing emotions.
- Sorting: Use the No Box to sort between feelings that are experienced and those that are not.
- Talking through scenarios: Ask your client to imagine themselves in a different settings and state how they would feel e.g. how would you feel if you were at the shops and lost your phone.
- Flipsides: Ask about places or situations when particular feelings might be generated e.g. where do you feel anxious?
- Consequences: Developing strategies for managing uncomfortable feelings e.g. if you are at the shops and you lose your phone what should you do?
- Picture sentences: Create sentences describing outcomes e.g. bedroom + curtains closed + door closed = calm
- Sequences: these could introduce emotion regulation strategies e.g. work, stressed, home, bath, relaxed
- Community visits: go to different places and identify how it feels in different environments e.g. busy shopping centre, quiet park, busy traffic, noisy shop
- Teaching opportunities: look out for times when your client has been stressed and talk through the connection between the situation they were in and the feelings they experienced.