What To Do When Reflecting Feelings “Doesn’t Work” (Advanced Reflecting Feelings Tips)
Listener Stephanie emailed me with a follow-up question to my episode titled: “‘I Hate My Life!’ – What To Do When Your Child Says This, Or Other Shocking Things” and described a few situations where her 7-year-old son reacts with shocking responses, but the reflecting feelings process didn’t work as expected. In this episode, I give Stephanie some follow-up advice on using the reflecting feelings skill with some advanced tips to help when it feels like reflecting feelings isn’t working.
– The depth of the feeling impacts the recovery. The larger the emotion, the more time it may take for feeling reflection to take effect. It’s not an instant fix.
– Enlarge the meaning
– You always reflect on the new feeling that was most recently expressed
– Bonus tip: Provide alternatives (later)
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