Emotional Literacy was a term first used by Claude Steiner (1997) who says: Emotional literacy is made up of 'the ability to understand your emotions, the ability to listen to others and empathize with their emotions, and the ability to express emotions productively. ... Having a sense of empathy.
Emotional Regulation: Name Them to Tame Them
Child development experts and neuroscience agree that naming emotions helps children to regulate them. Emotional regulation is the ability to manage emotions and their related actions. The StoryBook Project illustrates this concept in a simple to comprehend series of art with a short fable just right for adults and children to discuss. The work can be used as a training tool for staff, parents, or others audiences.
SIMPLE HOW TO RESOURCES for parents and children from Michigan State University
FUN EMOTIONAL NAMING FOR ADULTS from Psychology Today
The Emotional Ecosystem
The concept of the emotional ecosystem was defined for this project as follows: the range of emotions, limited or complex, an individual accepts and uses to interact and make decisions. Attempting to banish, or suppress emotions throws the system into an imbalance.
A healthy Emotional Ecosystem is one that keeps you feeling mostly content. Ups and downs occur, but you recover well. A healthy emotional ecosystem is sustainable, allows you to maintain inner balance, and to thrive even in the face of change and adversity. It is typically diverse, that is, you can recognize a number of emotions; it has the ability to maintain its structure (organization and diversity) so you function well (vigor) over time in the face of external stress (resilience). Like any ecosystem, the healthy emotional landscape changes and adapts as it encounters stress of life.
An unhealthy Emotional Ecosystem leaves you feeling a victim of emotions. Small stresses can feel overwhelming, or you become numb. The unhealthy system may become disorganized and limited ( you can only recognize and name a few emotions, i.e. fear and anger), it lacks vigor (functions poorly) and cannot maintain itself well during stressful periods (lacks resilience). You may feel emotionally overwhelmed by life's challenges and changes, lash out in anger and blame others, or internalize stress as anxiety or depression. Like any ecosystem, the unhealthy emotional landscape borders on collapse if it encounters a severe stress.
The StoryBook Project