Who are we?
We are here to talk about our emotional wellbeing, so I’m going to omit any other approach (spiritual, biological, philosophical, etc) when answering the question: Who are we?
We are our emotional values. It may sound too simple, I know. But when applied to your emotional health, this understanding will serve you far better than any other definition of who we are. So, let me explain.
Love, trust, freedom, gratitude and many others, are emotional values. They serve us by helping us perceive ourselves and our environment. If anyone was to question any of our most precious values, (ie: generosity), we would normally perceive it as a personal threat, and not as a criticism of the value itself. So, why is that?
Our emotional values define the perception of our own identity. So, according to our perception, we are our emotional values (the foundation of our beliefs, our opinions, our judgements and our emotions). This brings up two important questions, why is perception more important than what’s actually there? And second, why our emotional values define our identity?
Why is Important to know our Emotional Values
If we don’t care about what our emotional values are, we have to let the media, society, religion and our family choose them for us. Sometimes, they are the same, but when they are not, they may be the birth of chronic stress and emotional trauma.
We are going to deal with challenges and struggles throughout our life, so we can do them surrounded by our most precious values, or the ones determined by our environment. We choose.