How to make the world a better place through the emotional literacy language and vocabulary.

emotional literacy language vocabulary

Emotional Literacy Language and Vocabulary
How to Make the World a Better Place Chapter 2
by Mark Zimmerman

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Chapter 1 Emotional Literacy Education and Self-Knowledge
Chapter 3 Emotional Literacy Education Teaching Compassion
Chapter 4 Emotional Literacy Education Understanding Fear
Chapter 5 Emotional Literacy Education, Hate, Violence & September 11, 2001
Chapter 6 Abraham Maslow, Emotional Literacy and Ortho-Education
Chapter 7 A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham Maslow
Chapter 8 Self-Knowledge Learning Needs vs. Maslow's Self-Actualization Skills
Chapter 9 National Standardized Test, FCAT Testing and State Tests
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Emotional Literacy Education is the learning of a new language. That new language is the Emotional Literacy Language. This language, when it is learned by the student, gives coping mechanisms to help them control their emotions, thoughts and behaviors. It does this by integrating emotion, thought and consciousness. This gives the individual greater insight into their own behavior, and helps them choose actions which produce positive outcomes and feelings. It also gives the student planning skills and greater self-confidence to execute plans and achieve goals. For the student this results in higher self-esteem. It also reduces negative choices which lead to bad outcomes, feelings and low self-esteem.

The Emotional Literacy Language is a structured vocabulary of common words that contain emotional content and meaning. These familiar words are used to create symbolic words and pictures of feelings, thoughts and behaviors. This promotes better awareness of the internal actions of one's own mind. It is the primary tool used in the educational process. Emotional Literacy Language and Vocabulary is structured based upon these criteria:

  1. Organizing words into a structure based upon the way words are connected together in language.
  2. Organizing words into a structure based upon the way words are connected to the individual's experiences.
  3. Words are organized by level of difficulty from easier to more difficult. This criteria is used to assign word by grade level.
  4. Students are taught based on their level of perception of their own emotions.
  5. New words are introduced to the student at language development stage with words that are familiar to them.

How Does the Emotional Literacy Language
and Vocabulary Work?

Students are taught the Emotional Literacy Language like the way students learn how to read. For example, when learning how to read, students start with the basic elements of speech. They learn how to pronounce the written symbols of vowel and consonant sounds. These basic sound symbols are combined into words. Students then learn how to sound out words based on the consonant and vowel sounds. The student learns to identify the sounds as written words. Also, the student learns the meaning of individual words. This skill is then applied to reading and understanding any textual material.

Emotional Literacy Education is the teaching of basic language elements. These elements are the Emotional Literacy Vocabulary. When these words are learned, they are used to interpret the emotional content of any situation. With Emotional Literacy Education, students are taught the skill of understanding the meaning of words in the Emotional Literacy Language. They are also taught how these words are connected together. By connecting the words together, they form a larger emotional picture. They help the student understand why they are experiencing emotions.

Where Does the Emotional Literacy Language
and Vocabulary Come from?

It comes from language itself. When studied closely, language contains an Emotional Literacy Vocabulary. Words which have been used for thousands of years, over time, connect together to form a structure. This structure is made up of related words. The actual structure is based upon the way the mind functions, and the experiences it gives to the individual.

The vocabulary helps the student become conscious of the purpose of their emotions, thoughts and behaviors. This leads to greater self-acceptance. The individual learns the value of their feelings and how they can be helpful. It removes self-denial, and the inherent problems of rejecting, repressing and making feelings unconscious. This results in an inability to use feelings to evaluate people, problems and circumstances. The student learns how their own feelings can help them evaluate and solve problems in relationships. The skill of Emotional Literacy is knowing how to recognize emotional content and its structure within language. It is being able to relate that information to everyday life. A good analogy about this new language, written by Claude Steiner, can be found at: Learning Emotional Literacy; a new language of the emotions.

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