What Are Our Emotions Trying To Tell Us?
William James was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician, he was also the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States.
James defined emotions in the same way as The Fountainhead Method™:
“a reactive symptom caused by evaluating a situation, which is perceived as important to you, such as a concern or a goal.”
Emotions are our personal messengers; they indicate to us that a belief has been triggered through our evaluation of an experience. This triggered emotion also acts as a barometer for how we think and feel about this experience.
When we evaluate an experience there is a specific and automatic process we go through. This process helps demonstrate to us that every emotion is first triggered by a belief. This is the case even if initially we are not aware of which belief has been triggered.
Examining the belief behind the emotion
Understanding this process is important because it provides a necessary framework to reduce our stress. It reveals that our beliefs create the hierarchy of our emotions. Therefore, if we want to change the way we are feeling about an experience, it is our beliefs that we need to examine and alter.
We cannot change an experience that has already happened. But we can change the way we think about an experience that we did not want to happen.
By changing how we think about stressful situations and experiences, we will automatically change our emotions and subsequently, we will begin to change how we feel about the experience.
The Fountainhead Method™ teaches us how to learn and grow from unwanted experiences as opposed to allowing them to fill our lives with stress and stress-related illness such as depression and anxiety.
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