Real situations, fake stories, and strong emotions.
Understanding emotions, in yourself and others, is a trained skill. Here’s the first thing you need to understand, verify, and embrace: stories create emotions and every emotion has a story.
Emotions don’t evaluate accuracy. They assume that if you’re saying it in your head, it must be real and it must be important. Some stories are mostly true. Other stories are mostly false. Made up stories trigger genuine emotions.
You feel the way you feel because of the stories you tell yourself. People feel the way they feel because of the stories they tell themselves. Different feelings? Different stories. That makes sense.
Even if the story is fake, the feeling is real. Follow the story and emotions make sense.
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Brian Kight is a multi-industry leader on the topics of leadership, culture, and behavior. He provides simple systems that produce exceptional results for organizations, teams, and people.