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Old 03-20-17, 07:00 PM
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Re: Productivity and Emotional State

If you're noticing it, then it doesn't matter if that comes from being oversensitive or whatever. If you notice, then it's there.

I believe that good therapists don't bring up moral disagreements with their clients, in ANY way. No matter what kind of therapist they are. People without morals need to be referred to a psychiatrist, or to the police - not judged by a therapist. People with differing morals, the therapist shuts up about it and carries on.
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Re: Productivity and Emotional State

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Yes you're right. I meant neutral as in calm, content, happy but not over excited or highly playful. Have you ever seen the feeling wheel by Dr Gloria Wilcox? You might be interested in if if you haven't seen it before. It really helped me expand my emotional vocab when before all I had was happy, angry, and sad.
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[Source: aca-arizona.org]

The core terminology on this feelings wheel matches closely with the affective neurobiological terminology used to physically describe 6 of the 7 preverbal mammalian primary emotional states.

SEEKING System feels Powerful
RAGE System feels Mad
FEAR System feels Scared
LUST System feels
CARE System feels Peaceful
GRIEF System feels Sad
PLAY System feels Joyful

...when stimulated.

Very helpful.

I will need to learn more about how Dr. Gloria Wilcox created the feelings wheel and how she came to her conclusions?

It is amazing in general how close some psychological terminology comes to describing the actual biology involved, without studying the actual biology involved.

(Not sure if Dr. Gloria Wilcox studied the biological systems of the emotional states, or not?)

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What are some of your strategies for managing distraction and productivity when you're also upset about something?

If my mood and emotional state is neutral most of my usual strategies work but if I'm upset, mad, sad, excited, or anything else I'm almost incapable of being productive. Example, last night my therapist ticked me off and I'm still mad about it today. Its now almost 10am and all I accomplished today was eating, getting dressed, and walking down to the shop. Normally if I have a billable job I've got a solid 2-3 hours of billable labor by this time of day. If it wasn't a work day I'd be missing out on projects I need to finish around the house.

I get up and start to work, get frustrated because the job I'm working on requires concentration, then mess around on the internet for a hour before trying again. I can't stop dwelling on how mad I am and I do this all the time.

What strategies do you have for getting past emotions so you can be productive?
Mindfulness meditation. It doesn't stop my emotions - but it allows me to back away from them mentally, merely observing that they exist, and not needing any more to react to them.
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Re: Productivity and Emotional State

Back in the day, I had my share of therapy and then some. For reasons I prefer to keep private, I feel a lot of it was counterproductive, but I just didn't know what else to do at the time so I kept going. After my parents had both died and after my hysterectomy, I let go of traditional therapy as such (getting rid of those ol' PMS hormones was actually one of the best things for my mental state! ). I did go to an ADD clinic guy for a short while, which was okay. He had some relaxation techniques that were more practical, less of the gut wrenching emotional stuff of my previous therapy "career."

When I was new to therapy I got way too dependent on my therapists and way too sensitive to things they'd say or a cancelled appointment. I guess to some extent a lot of people go through that; you finally get the courage to spill your guts and it's scary, so you don't want to feel like that person's not going to be there to help you pick up the pieces. Or something.

It gets better with time, I think. You do begin to find your inner strengths again. Hang in there.
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