Words are powerful and we also know that words can carry different forms of weight to them. Saying "I feel sad", doesn’t sound the same as saying "I feel devastated."
Saying "I feel happy", does not sound the same as "I am feeling elated." The weight of our words or how they are presented is not something that we take into consideration in everyday life; especially when it comes to the way that we communicate with ourselves.
Communication styles can say a lot about the inner workings of our emotions. Let’s explore four different communication styles: Passive, Aggressive, Passive-Aggressive, and Assertive communication.
By going over these four different communication styles we can see how each style has its own emotional response.
Being able to identify our emotional reactions when engaging in any kind of conversation, will allow us to learn how to respond to others as opposed to react. Reacting to others usually comes from an emotional response which can be shown through communication. When we actively try to respond instead of reacting, we are able to:
The way we speak has an influence on how we feel. If we let negative emotions run their course, it can be seen through the way that we communicate and behave towards others and ourselves. Allowing ourselves to pause and take a moment to assess a situation, can enhance our communication and promote a level of awareness over our emotions to not have us act on impulse.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.