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  • Writer's pictureDavid Stamation

5-Core Emotions – Unveiling the Depths of Feelings

The point of these words, fear, anger, shame, joy, and sadness is to represent a range of fundamental emotions we all have. Understanding and acknowledging these emotions is essential for emotional intelligence and personal growth.

They must be expressed. Yet, more often than not we tend to elude fear, conceal shame, bury anger, and sidestep sadness. And joy? It’s frequently treated as an elusive jackpot, something we hope to stumble upon rather than actively cultivate.

They must be expressed and felt.

Fear is a natural response to perceived threats or dangers, triggering the well-known ‘fight or flight’ reaction. It acts as a natural defense mechanism.

Anger manifests as an emotional response to frustration, injustice, or perceived wrongdoing. It can serve as a powerful motivator for action or indicate a need for establishing boundaries.

Shame is a potent, often negative emotion linked to feelings of inadequacy or unworthiness. Rooted in perceived moral or social transgressions, shame tends to lurk in the shadows, hindering personal growth.

Joy on the other hand, is a positive and delightful feeling associated with happiness, contentment, and pleasure. It serves as a rewarding and motivating force.

Sadness is a common reaction to loss, disappointment, or unmet expectations. It allows for introspection, processing, and eventual healing.

These emotions are not confined to the realms of corporate executive life coaching; they serve as foundational elements for personal growth beyond the workplace. They are the building blocks of internal peace and self-discovery.

A Word on Shame and Sadness

Drawn from my years of experience, shame and sadness are special feelings. Shame is a dangerous one; it lurks in the shadows and acts as a silent saboteur that blocks progress. On the contrary ‘sadness’ emerges as a potent force. It compels us to slow down to help us see what is going on, and sets the stage for reflection, healing, and growth.

Navigating Emotions: The Key to Executive Excellence and Personal Growth

These emotional undercurrents serve as the bedrock for executives maneuvering through the intricacies of corporate life and for individuals embarking on a journey of personal growth through coaching. By recognizing and embracing these feelings, they can be channeled in ways that lead to increased inner peace, reduced stress, and heightened clarity. The enhancement and cultivation of your emotional intelligence are pivotal, allowing you to wield your emotions as tools rather than letting them dictate your actions.

The Stretch

Borrowed from a recent blog, the proposed three-day exercise of a daily Emotional Inventory invites reflection on the events of the day. Take 1-5 minutes to visualize an incident, then identify the associated emotion and deliberately transfer it from your mind to your body – feel it.

Intentionally experience that emotion in your body for 90-seconds or less. Post-experience, scan your body for any tension or notable changes. After the three-day experiment, reflect on the collective experience: What did you learn? How did it impact you each day?

A ‘stretch’ is taking a coaching experience to the outside world and feeling self-confidence grow.


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