Emotion is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “feeling” or “a conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body“.

The enforced COVID-19 lock-down has left many of us isolated for more than nine months already resulting in uncertainty in our lives, financial pressures and stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, in such a situation people may experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness, loneliness and depression. Even the CDC suggests that such a pandemic could also bring overwhelming anxiety about the diseases causing strong emotions.

Emotional Strength

In Learning Mind, Francesca Forsythe, LL.M., M.Phil defines emotional strength as:

The ability to respond in an open and vulnerable way in the face of intense emotional experience, feeling one’s way deeper into the emotion which allows access to implicit functional processes driving action.

Forsythe writes further “the core focus of practicing emotional intelligence is to truly and deeply feel an emotional experience and allowing oneself to be vulnerable. This skill helps us to open up our emotional responsiveness and change the way we understand our emotions in daily life”.

In a series on resilience article Kerry Hannon suggests embracing the passion, determination to learn, staying curious, tailored learning are some of the ways to build emotional strengths.

Francesca Forsythe writes peoples have these five traits: (i) not shying away from pain, (ii) focusing on solutions over problems, (iii) seeking respect, not attention, (iv) letting go of grudges, and (v) comfortable in themselves to show ones emotional strength, and how to practice making it stronger.

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