Emotional Response : Mental Health And Wellness

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Since emotions have a role to play in overall mental health and wellness, and the key to well-being is a healthy balance between emotional awareness, emotional acceptance, and emotional expression so let’s begin our story of emotion by asking: Where does it all start? Emotions are responses to stimuli or situations that affect a person strongly. Emotional responses occur on three levels. The first- and most basic level involves neurophysiological and biochemical reactions to stimuli, including all the bodily processes regulated by the automatic nervous system: heart rate, blood flow, respiration, hormonal secretions (epinephrine, cortisol) and neural responses. The second level of emotional response is behavioral, where emotions are expressed in a person’s actions. This level includes facial expressions and such behaviors as crying, sullen gazes, withdrawal from interactions with others, and delayed responses. The third level is cognitive and involves language (whether spoken, written, or thought). Children differ strikingly in their emotional responses- in the frequency and range of their emotions as well as the ways they express emotion. They also vary widely in the subtlety of their understanding emotions (both their own and others), in the degree of pleasure they show when they share positive emotions, and in their ability to regulate or control their negative responses to frustrating situations. The regulation of emotion involves the management and organization of

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