Emotional Vocabulary and Literacy. more grammar foibals
June 18, 2009 4 Comments
Emotional vocabulary: A single word or short phrase that best describes how one feels in the here and now.
“I feel Happy“, “I Feel tired“, “I feel sad“….
Emotional literacy: Being able to clearly and confidently express ones emotions in words.
I took classes for Rogerian Active listening (for a volunteer service) and I discovered that my own Emotional Vocabulary and Literacy was very weak.
“I felt surprised because, I thought my Emotional vocabulary was limited “.
In fact, A word exist to describe a personality trait for not being able to express feelings in words: ” Alexithymia ”
So I worked on my literacy.
Some examples of Emotional literacy:
- ” I feel like no one understands me and they won’t be my friend.” common mistake and indirect
- “I feel Alienated.” – correct and more direct.
- ” I feel alienated…because I think no one understands me and won’t be my friend“. – correct and descriptive about ones thoughts”
- “I feel like I am able to get this project done quickly.” (no no.)
- “I feel confident“. ( better and direct.)
- “I feel confident because, I think I am able to do this project quickly” (well said).
Another example of learning to speak with emotional literacy:
” You make me happy when you visit.” (very indirect)
“I feel happy when you visit.” (directly stated feeling)
Can you see the difference?
I and my classmates wrote down as many “feeling words” as we could in our class, to see how emotionally literate we were.
I think its a great drill, and I have worked to expand my own emotional vocabulary.
The following are examples of some feeling words.
Defeated, lonely cheated, betrayed greif-strucken, deflated,
helpless, lathargic, uncaring, used, heart broken,
Explosive, paranoid, annoyed, simmering,
Suspicious afraid, fearful, confused, jealous, empty,
unfocused, crisp confident,dull, powerful, motivated, in control,
Happy, loved, brotherly, playful,joyful,exited,exuberent
frustrated, ambivalent,pulled apart stuck, frozen
Curious, investigative, driven
A very large list of feeling words is located at:
You can write your own list, to see how emotionally literate you are.
If you get stuck remember these four basic feeling words : Mad,Sad,Glad, Afraid and see if you can find more descriptive words to replace them.
I feel excited because, I think that you would do well!