“There is no doubt that human beings are living more and more. How can this longevity not be an accumulation of diseases and illnesses, but a vital stage full of experiences and personal development?”
For Dr. Juan Hitzig, emotional management is key. This is why he developed the “emotional alphabet” which helps us become aware of our own emotions and understand what happens to our brain when we have ‘bad blood’. For example, some emotions begin with “s”, such as serenity, which helps us release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes calm, improves mood, improves quality of life, clears disease and slows down speed. cellular aging.
To understand Dr. Hitzig’s ideas, you can watch the video which is shown below.
Understanding the emotional alphabet
This week, the team at the Mensalus Psychological and Psychiatric Assistance Institute is helping us understand the importance of managing emotions and what the emotional alphabet means.
How can the “emotional alphabet” help us?
Dr. Hitzig’s work is a clever way to summarize information beneficial to the physical and emotional balance of the individual. The speed and clarity offered by the explanation helps the viewer to remember the value / cost of dealing with their thoughts and emotions.
In fact, we all know the behaviors and attitudes that the video describes, we know which ones are right for us and which are not. However, it is not always easy to move away from the “Rs” to soak up the “S”. To make people aware of our way of approaching life, we can ask ourselves questions that work in a “meter” way. Here are some examples:
- How long have I invested in the “S” today?
- And, in the “R”?
- Are there any “S’s” or derivatives that you are missing? Since when?
- What thoughts are holding me back in the “R’s”? Should I associate it with a particular situation?
- When this happens, how do I feel?
The video highlights a phrase from the Hindu poet Rabindranath Tagore: “If you have a cure, what are you complaining about? … and if you have no choice, what are you complaining about?”. How to apply it?
First of all, reflection reminds us that if we put aside complaints and negative thoughts, it will be easier to focus our attention on the positive aspects that we do not consider; whatever the situation, we can always make a profit.
The complaint has a finite function: to express discomfort. Once expressed, what does the complaint lead to? The problem arises when we fire him and move away from his first goal. Complaining is, as we have seen, a source of stress. This leads to an increase in cortisol levels and a decrease in serotonin levels (we stop investing vital energy in what produces our well-being). This is what the video presents as the “recipe” for becoming “bad blood”.
So, the “S’s” are those that increase serotonin through attitudes that promote positive thinking. How can we improve the connection with these behaviors?
Exactly. The video presents “S” behaviors (serenity, silence, wisdom, taste, sex, sleep, smile, sociability and seduction) as a motor of love, encouragement and rapprochement among others. If we review our own “emotional alphabet” we are sure to find a multitude of behaviors that we associate with “S” types, behaviors that generate positive thoughts.
Yet we often tend to think that “what went wrong” like “what went well” is taken for granted. Well, the famous “takes for granted” is what robs one of his own recognition and that of others. Without recognition, it is difficult to generate thoughts related to what works, what we do on a daily basis, and what others do well. In short, it is difficult for us to increase the levels of this neurotransmitter which, for many scientists, is one of the basic hormones of well-being.
Specifically, serotonin as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system plays an important role in inhibiting various states related to depression. Specifically, antidepressants are responsible for altering serotonin levels in an individual.
What are the other “feel good hormones”?
Dopamine and endorphins play a key role. Dopamine is the pleasure hormone. The role of dopamine in the experience of pleasure has been associated with desire and anticipatory motivation (commonly referred to as ‘wanting’). Endorphins are hormones that promote calm, reduce pain, and improve mood, among other things. They also counteract the high adrenaline levels associated with anxiety and delay aging.
Today we opened this article with a phrase from Dr. Hitzig associated with aging …
Yes. The Doctor throws up a big question:
“There is no doubt that human beings are living more and more. How can this longevity not be an accumulation of diseases and illnesses, but a vital stage, full of experiences and personal development?”
Reflection encourages us to rethink our “feel” or discomfort hormonal levels (like the example of cortisol) by increasing self-awareness of our behavior and attitude. We are what we think. Therefore, the more flexible our thinking, the more faces and ways of acting we will reflect, and the more opportunity we will have to connect with positive thinking.
Flexibility of thought is what makes us decisive people. It opens the doors of the world to us in complete safety; the more resolute we are, the less alerts and stress we will generate.
That said, we ended the article with the question at the beginning: “R” or “S” … And you, who are you?