Adolescents constantly blame the way they feel on someone else. We hear,
“he makes me so mad” or ,“it’s his fault that I feel this way”. As adults, we
hopefully understand the cognitive trio… that our thoughts affect our feelings
and our feelings affect our actions. This is the basis of much of cognitive behavioral
therapy. This knowledge enables us to take control of our feelings and realize
that if you change your thoughts, you can change your feelings. It’s complex but
can be comprehended even by young children. This type of education has been
proven to be effective in anger management, behavioral issues and depression.
This lesson helps to introduce this concept by explaining feelings change, happen
incredibly fast and are actually triggered by our brain’s responses to stimuli in our
environment. We are not always aware of these thoughts, which in return trigger
feelings. This lesson aims to introduce this concept to students to then be able to
change their thoughts and consequently their feelings. Resulting feelings are investigated through the use of situations and thought bubbles. Visual examples help to understand these abstract concepts.