Being empathic means having a strong ability to perceive the moods of others. What is less said, however, is that this ability is not innate, but develops in developmental age and takes on more marked characteristics especially in those who have gone through emotional trauma.
If you have moved to a new cultural context, very different from the one(s) you are used to live in, and you feel stressed, isolated, frustrated, angry and confused, you may be experiencing culture shock.
What is that vague and unpleasant sensation that I have been carrying with me for long time? I have a clear sense of it, but do I find it so difficult to describe it? If you are raising these questions to yourself, then you may be trying to get in contact with your Background Feeling.
Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse. People who use Gaslighting manipulate you to a point that you increasingly doubt yourself, your judgment, your memory, and even your sanity.
Have you ever wondered why when you are with certain individuals, you often feel angry, frustrated and, despite having tried hard, it’s very difficult to build and maintain a healthy relationship with them? If so, then you may have been dealing with people who exhibit passive aggressive behaviour.
As Intercultural Counselling Professionals, we need to take into careful consideration the extent to which the expression of our clients’ emotions is shaped by culture.
Many emotions can be associated to humour, among them, first of all, creativity. Indeed, it seems necessary to be creative in order to detain or understand a humorous attitude.
When we face mortality we experience a whole gamut of unsettling emotions, as part of our bereavement process. Acknowledging this process can help us coping with it and move forward.
The ability to manifest our basic emotions through facial expressions is universal. However, the ways in which we express more complex emotions is influenced by culture.
Death anxiety is a wide subject of research across natural and social sciences. These have the common objective to understand the biologic, psychological and sociocultural dimensions of this phenomenon.
Hope is a feeling or desire for a particular thing to happen. It can be internalised in one’s existence as an emotion, as an action, or it can be objectified as just being out there, keeping us company.
Stress is a difficult emotion and we have our own ways to deal with it. One of them is the FREEZE response, a paralysing reaction when we are faced with a situation that we perceive as very dangerous.