Respecting Emotion & Regulating Emotion: An Introduction to Checking the Facts

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Emotions are like a sixth sense because like sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell, they provide us important information about our environment that we need to survive. What makes emotions so special is that they help us to act quickly when logical thought is too slow for us to engage in problem solving. (See Situations below.) However, for people who may be unusually emotionally reactive, sensitive, and/or have learned to judge or invalidate their emotional sixth sense from culture, values, gender roles, parents, family, loved ones, etc., emotions may not always cause the expected effective response. Therefore, dialectical behavior therapy came up with the skill checking the facts to help us figure out if our emotional responses fit the facts and intensity of a situation and whether an unwanted or distressing emotional response needs skills toward accepting and changing or skills toward accepting and tolerating.

Situations When Emotions May Be…

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