Training to bounce forward from setbacks with more inner strength

More than resilience and bounce back, more than mindfulness calming, learning Emotional Logic empowers people of all ages to harness their emotional reactions to setbacks into the energy needed to adjust and adapt constructively with others. This is important for staff wellbeing, but also it equips staff to manage pupil behaviour and parents’ concerns confidently in a way that promotes their wellbeing also. It also helps managers to cope and adjust more constructively around relevant values to the changing demands on them.

Developed by doctors with a medical perspective on emotions and health, not a psychological one, Emotional Logic teaches how unpleasant loss emotions are there because they have useful purposes to energise healthy adjustments in challenging situations. They are not just ‘negative feelings’. They are not there just to spoil life as undesired side effects of thinking. They are not there merely to be regulated by self-control or calming, and their associated behavioural drives suppressed.

Unpleasant emotions are inbuilt to our survival genetics as physical preparations to move physically towards or away from situations of change or uncertainty. They are vital to our ability to assess situations, and to plan and activate a reaction that is based on our personal values. They importantly give social messages about our values to others, by facial expressions, body language, tone of voice (paraverbal language), and chemical pheromones released that others detect subtly as alerts to potential change.

Far from being unnecessary complications to life, all emotions, and particularly our unpleasant ones, are the evidence that we have personal values. Outside social interactions, emotions are fairly meaningless except to find a happiness bubble or a comfort zone and to ignore the demands placed on us by living in a changing society or a growing family. But in the real world, there are daily challenges that we need to face, assess, make judgements, decide action by choosing between equally reasonable options of response, and follow-through the action plan making reasonable adjustments to changing situations and the values of other people involved in the situation. That is where Emotional Logic comes in.

Emotional Logic provides a mental framework to make sense of the social and internal messages that our unpleasant emotions are giving us, about what is important to preserve as we progress and move on in life. The problem is that our society has drifted into an individualised culture of therapy, aiming to get rid of emotion so that people can be pushed on to achieve performance targets without complaining. It is now called resilience, which is a cynical term to mean performance management in a dehumanised and over-pressurised system, whether that is the workplace or school-based. Emotional Logic’s mental framework enables people to value their emotions enough to name the losses and values that are driving them, and driving other people’s emotional reactions, so that values-based action plans can be agreed and seen through, harnessing that emotional energy into socially constructive personal development.
We have been introducing Emotional Logic into primary and secondary schools in Plymouth, Devon, and wider around the country for over three years. The time is right now to roll this out widely with Zoom remote training and support. We have an online emotion card pattern tool, and online loss reaction worksheets, so we can provide individualised training anywhere, internationally, to liberate people when they feel stuck.

We have class lesson plans empowering teachers to get a whole class talking to each other constructively about their emotions. That means the children feel less isolated, and their values are more understood and ‘heard’, so there is less acting out with disruptive behaviour. We have experts in autisitic spectrum disorder saying they see far less meltdowns and better engagement with learning. Managers at Babcock LDP in Devon said the Emotional Logic training they had was the best and most relevantly helpful of any they had received. We have stories galore of changed lives among children and their families. We know that we can help stressed teachers to return to work.

Learning to activate your inbuilt Emotional Logic is easily achievable with the learning resources and programmes we provide. Home based resources support classroom lesson plans. Individualised learning liberates people who are feeling stuck with emotional overwhelm for whatever reason, trauma included, in a way that allows constructive conversations to reshape life. It undermines the effect of trolling and online abuse. People who know how to activate their Emotional Logic are less susceptible to manipulation into drug misuse, addictions and gangs. Emotional Logic has been used by a de-radicalisation charity in NE London. In short, Emotional Logic develops strength of character.

Do you want some? Our website has a two minute whiteboard animation to give an overview. Contact us to discuss whole school community programmes.