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Mapping the Embodied Emotional Mind: The Emotional Field

  • Gernot Hauke
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Abstract

Empirical research makes it quite clear: individuals who are unable to identify and to differentiate their emotions are more likely to engage in dysfunctional down-regulation strategies of stress, such as the misuse of alcohol, binge-eating, self-harm etc. In therapy, the energy needed to induce behavioural change can be gained from the emotions of the client. However, to reach this goal, we need to take a closer look at different kinds of emotions involved. Problematic situations often give rise to a variety of emotions, whose dissimilarity we may not ignore. With the help of the method described in this chapter, we can draw a clearer picture of the difficult emotional state of the client. By doing this, we develop the Emotional Field. All relevant emotions gain a place in this field. We do not categorise emotions into positive and negative ones. In problematic situations, all emotions convey important information. Their messages can be decoded and used effectively for goal realisation. We make use of findings from embodiment research which shows that changes in body posture, gestures, facial expressions, breathing patterns and voice can create emotions and influence the way emotional states are being processed. We distinguish between primary and secondary emotions. In this context, the importance of the Survival Strategy also becomes apparent. Emotions vitalize us. Intense work with emotions not only rapidly highlights the core of our clients’ problems, but also activates the energy needed for goal attainment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Embodiment Resources Academy (ERA)MunichGermany

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