Mentally focus on your heart. It can help you regulate your emotions. Picture taking disturbed feelings into the heart and soaking them there. This won’t necessarily make the issue disappear, but it can take the density out of your cellular memory and reduce its power. (Childre, Doc and Howard Martin. The HeartMath Solution. p 193-194. CA: Harper SF, 1999.)

Adult relationship problems may have their roots in the very different lessons taught in childhood (e.g., girls: discuss emotions, boys: compete and ignore emotions). (Goleman, Daniel, PhD. Emotional Intelligence. p 129-132. NY: Bantam Books, 1995.)

An ability to read emotions is critical to good social skills / relationships. Researchers at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, have identified spatial signatures of emotion in the primary auditory cortex (temporal lobes at the side of the brain responsible helping to decode the sensation of sound). This area reacts more strongly to anger, joy, relief, and sadness than to neutrality. These findings may help researchers to better understand conditions such as Schizophrenia, Autism, and even depression. (Fisher, Helen. Emotional Speech Leaves Signature on the Brain. NewScientist, 2009.)

Study: Emotions spread whenever people are near one another, even when the contact is only noverbal. When three strangers sit facing each other in silence for a minute or two, the one who is most emotionally expressive transmits his or her mood to the other two without speaking a word. (Goleman, Daniel, PhD, with Richard Boyatzis, and Annie Mckee. Primal Leadership. p 6-8. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.)

Refer to Emotions and Feelings for additional information.

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