Friday, January 29, 2016

Tools & Techniques For #Mental Health And #Happiness: What Is #Emotional Reeducation And Why Is It So Important?

Experience gained from my 30+ years in practice as a cognitive-behavioral psychologist shows that with the right tools people readily learn to elevate and maintain emotional well-being and happiness. At the Think Right Feel Right Blogoscope you will find the behavioral tools and techniques that help to ward off anxiety, depression and addiction. You will learn about ways to defeat troubling emotions such as anger, worry and sadness. You will also find practical strategies for increasing self-esteem, positivity and for being a happier you.

What Is Emotional Reeducation And Why Consider It?  Emotional Reeducation, as used here, refers to a set of clear, integrated behavioral instructions that help us achieve optimal mental health and well-being. The primary purpose of Emotional Reeducation is to correct the spectrum of faulty emotional thinking patterns and behaviors (such as excessive worry, poor esteem, negative self-talk, binge eating, etc.) that arise from trouble-laden and "normal" learning environments. Because formal emotional education is not the custom at home or in our schools, normal environments like "bad" environments can also be unsatisfactory environments for achieving emotional competence and optimal mental health.  This means we all may be paying a big price! 

The absence of standardized requirements and curricula for emotional health education handicaps our journey through life. This shortcoming leaves happenstance in charge and, happenstance is not a reliable instructor.  

People seem to like being "normal," being like others. However, when we realize that our idea of "normal" may mean surviving with the "emotional education" handed out from happenstance, or from those who received theirs by the seat of their pants, we should have second thoughts about settling for normal. "Normal" golfers are in the rough a lot and struggle to break a 100.  We owe it to ourselves to aim higher. We need to be certain we have the necessary tools for emotional health and happiness.

Emotional Reeducation offers an encouraging answer. Utilizing new concepts and findings from the science of Cognitive Behavioral and Positive Psychology, Emotional Reeducation helps us gain the tools and skills we need to move beyond the past. We learn how to replace problematic learning and emotions with behavior that promotes and sustains self-regulation, self-esteem, and emotional well-being.  We acquire an "A Game" for mental health that life too seldomly teaches and, we can pass this important knowledge along to the next generation.

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