What Emotional Style Do You Have?

After nearly three decades of research, neuroscientist Richard Davidson proposes six emotional styles.

Depending on how we have trained and wired our brain, Prof, Davidson suggests we each have a high or low tendency in these six emotional styles. We will all therefore vary in each but which ones do you have a higher tendency towards? 

Rate yourself on each: 1 = Not at all [Low].  2 = Very Little. 3 = Somewhat. 4 = Mostly. 5 = Definitely [High]

  1. Resilience

How fast can you physically and emotionally bounce back after a setback?

People with a high tendency towards resilience will tend to recover faster and get back on track after any emotionally or physically tough time. Others with a lower emotional style of resilience will find it hard to get back on their feet and will take much longer to recover.

2. Outlook

How do you generally perceive life? 

Someone people will have a tendency towards a pessimistic ‘Outlook’ on life whilst others will have a bias towards seeing things optimistically. Interestingly, those who tend to have a positive outlook also tend to have higher resilience.

3. Social Intuition

How well can you read other people? 

Closely linked to an ability to recognise and manage other peoples emotions (a component of emotional intelligence), those with high social intuition will understand other people and interact appropriately whilst those lower on this spectrum will often feel puzzled by other peoples emotions and behaviours.

4. Self-Awareness

How well do you notice your emotions? 

Another close tie with emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise your own emotions. People who rank highly on self-awareness will have more control of their negative emotions because they are acutely conscious of them when they appear whilst those lower on this style run with their emotions and act the out with little to no analysis or control.

5. Sensitivity to context

How well can you adapt to different situations? 

Some people find it very hard to be flexible in behaviour and will struggle to socially ‘fit in’ outside of their comfort zone whilst others can easily adjust behaviours to fit appropriately in any given social situation or circumstance.

6. Attention

How well can you focus on a task? 

Some people can easily filter out external and internal distractions to perform a task whilst others get easily distracted and need to be alone and in silence to focus.

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