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Incorrectly Labeling Emotional Feelings

What are some possible consequences of incorrectly labeling our emotional feelings? Is this possible? If so, how could it happen? If not, why?

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1. What are some possible consequences of incorrectly labeling our emotional feelings? Is this possible? If so, how could it happen? If not, why?

The consequences of inaccurately labeling our emotional responses can lead to emotional stress, inappriate behavior and sometimes, mental illness. Ignored or repressed feelings have often been labeled inaccurately (e.g. the person who labels her sadness by saying: "I am happy" leads to repressed sad feelings) and have been dealt with by major psychologists e.g. Freud, etc.

Inaccurately labeling our emotions is definitely possible.

We learn how to label our feelings from our primary caregivers. For example, when a child cries, the parent may say, "Tell me why you are so sad?" This is a healthy response where the child learns it is ...

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This solution discusses some of the possible consequences of incorrectly labeling our emotional feelings, and explores ways that this might occur. This solution is 600 words.

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