Emotional development means understanding your feelings, how to name them, understanding how and why they happen, and developing effective ways of managing them. Children learn how to handle emotions by the examples set for them by their teachers, caregivers, and parents. As children grow and are exposed to different situations their emotional lives also become more complex. Developing skills for managing a range of emotions is important for our wellbeing.
If you never learned how to effectively manage your emotions, it can negatively affect your life. For example, you may experience difficulties at work, problems in social situations, and struggle to maintain healthy relationships. Recognizing the connection between childhood neglect or traumatic experiences and personal relationships can help is manage our unwanted emotional behavior. Having the right coping mechanisms and tools to properly manage our emotions can have a positive impact all our relationships.