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Contributing Editor: Jazmine Tavenner, Director of Programs at CRS

One of the most beautiful things about being a human being is our ability to experience and express emotions. Our capacity to love and show love and joy or our ability to feel angry and express that anger in positive ways and even the ability to reject those things that disgust us are all a function of the beau­tiful gift of emotions. This month’s issue is all about our emotions and their influence on how we get along with others and with ourselves. Developing emotional competence is a life-long process of learning to recognize, name, and manage our emotions in order to improve our success in life, learning, play, work, and relationships.

In this issue, you will discover foundational information about what emotions are, the role that recognizing and identifying emotions play in self-regulation and collaboration, and how various emotions may feel and look in others and ourselves. Specific topics include mindfulness as a tool for managing emotions; the role emotions play in students’ learning help-seeking skills; and the importance of emotional self-regulation in social media engagement.

Articles in this Issue:

What’s the Commotion About Emotions?

Imagine the good feeling of being tucked nicely into your bed. Your 6:15 a.m. alarm sounds, and just before you hit the 15-minute snooze button, you hear the tapping of rain on your window. For a moment, you feel a bit of “yuck” about how the storm will affect your commute, and then you feel…

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Mind Over Matter

“Mind over matter” is a simple expression that describes our ability to use our minds to self-regulate in the moment when situations or events seem out of our control. Emotions are brain-based, subjective, and conscious states of being that are the combination of four key elements: subjective experience, appraisal of the subjective experience, phys­iological arousal,…

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Social Media & Emotions

Social media is a huge part of our everyday lives. We can consume ourselves with posting, sharing, and filtering, as well as selfie-ing, liking, and commenting, from the moment we wake up. The social pressures to stay in constant digital com­munication can be overwhelming for a young adolescent student. As teenagers develop, their ability to…

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Teaching Help-Seeking Skills

Seeking help can be difficult for so many of us. There is a fine line when teaching respon­sibility, self-sufficiency, and help-seeking skills. While asking for help for some things may come easily for some people, there are some things that can leave a person feel­ing inadequate. They may not want to reveal that they can’t…

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