I was interviewed for Feb ’07 Redbook article. It’s always fun to see how these things come out…
“See” your feelings in full color.
Take a moment each day to imagine that you’re a blank wall waiting to be painted, suggests Joshua Freedman, of Six Seconds (6seconds.org), an emotional-intelligence website. “Let your imagination run wild as you assign colors to your feelings and paint your wall,” he says. Orange could signify frustration, for example: You might find that streaks of orange appear on your canvas when you interact with a certain coworker, indicating that it’s your relationship with that person — not your job itself — that’s causing you workday angst. “Monitoring your mural will help you sense your emotions more clearly,” says Freedman. And once you know your patterns, you can brainstorm and implement solutions for dealing with people and situations in a healthy, positive way.
I recall talking about an exercise along these lines, but I think I suggested actually taking a piece of paper and dividing it into blocks, then coloring the blocks to represent your different feelings of the day. We typically have multiple feelings, and sometimes it’s hard to sort out! Would be a cool journal exercise – no words, just color blocks.
Try it an post a comment!
Pick up this month’s Redbook – or you can see the article online:
Are You Smart About Your Feelings? Five ways to boost your emotional intelligence.