Monday, 4 January 2016

emotional self-regulation; resilience, the ability to bounce back and to go off on a tangent

"Emotional self-regulation or regulation of emotion is the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experience with the range of emotions in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible to permit spontaneous reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions as needed.  It can also be defined as extrinsic and intrinsic processes responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and modifying emotional reactions.  Emotion self-regulation belongs to the broader set of emotion-regulation processes, which includes the regulation of one's own feelings and the regulation of other people's feelings."

LD@school website


My comment: 

I think that resilience, an ability to bounce back from adversity, is a key ingredient in both keeping mentally well balanced and being able to recover from, or survive, psychiatric treatment.  Resisting the stigma and discrimination which go hand-in-hand with psychiatric diagnoses or labels. 

The chart mentions an ability to focus and to switch focus as required, as an example of being able to regulate emotions, cognitively.  However within psychiatric settings this can be called "going off at a tangent", an indicator of mental illness or psychosis.  I've had this said to me at clinical meetings and even conferences by professionals who seem to use it as a means to control the conversation.


going off on a tangent [blog post Jun14] 

[Latin tangent: present participle of tangere to touch]

Let's be quite clear.  Going off on a tangent can be, and is on occasion, a deliberate ploy, a manoeuvre, a tactic so as to change direction, perspective, topic or focus. To move a conversation on to a different plane.

Someone yesterday accused me of this, as if it was a fault or negative characteristic of my personality, a sign of mental disorder or mental illness, a defect or a failing.

This is to set them straight.  It's what I do and have always done.  I find it an asset to be able to suddenly go off in a different direction.

The fact that I suddenly lead them in a different path and they find themselves following.

And so they resist.  Which is OK.  But don't start ganging up on me boys.  That's an unfair action and shows your weakness not your strength.

I'm mathematically minded, a systems thinker, and tangents were always OK for me in geometry and trigonometry.  I liked to work with them.  It keeps you on your toes.  The skill is in bringing a person back on track from going off on a tangent without forcing them.  There's the challenge.

However you may just have to hold on tight and enjoy the tangential experience.  Being out of control might bring you into a new way of thinking and being.

As for me I always get some enjoyment out of it.  Being non-conformist and a resistant fighter.

Here's tae us!  Cheers!

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