“There are two things that people want to be able to do to improve their emotional life. You want to be able to choose what you become emotional about and when you become emotional. That’s number one. And the second is, you want to be able to choose how you act when you are emotional.”
Here’s the truth: nature didn’t give us any tools to control our emotions. But psychologist Paul Ekman is telling us that there are, in fact, two researched techniques you can use to access your “your emotional alert database.” One of these can even let you hold back your inner “attack dogs” and delay rash actions to provocative situations.
They’re not exactly ninja techniques, but they will get you very close to monk-like control over your impulses. And let’s face it – if you do eventually gain control over what you react emotionally to, how you react and when not to react – you’re pretty much a ninja over the one area most humans have little control over: their emotions.
Watch this 9-minute video of Paul Ekman that we found on the Big Think channel on YouTube to find out what these two techniques are. And let Paul’s steady delivery convince you to take up the challenge.