Learning to Speak Your Emotional Language

Emotional Language


Emotional language is different within other cultures, but the roots are the same. Listen to Jenny Florence in this episode of Emotions Matter podcast where she explains how to learn the language of emotions.


Q1-01:28: Give our guests some background into your life journey and how it manifested into your career in therapy.

Q2-04:11: Is there a cultural difference in the way people understand and relate to emotions?

Q3-05:42: You have written on topics related to gaining power over the emotional marks that take place during our lives. Give our listeners a brief tour of working through a Traumatic event which has marked someone with extreme FEAR, Anxiety, or potentially a phobia.

Q4-11:18: What have you found to be the most challenging emotion to provide therapy for?

Q5-12:44: Do you find that there is an age differential? Do certain age groups experience more despair than others or is it universal? 

Q6-14:53: Do you notice anything different about the millennial generation? Do they approach these things differently than you’ve noticed about other generations in the past?

Q7-21:49: The book introduces the concept of “relatedness” and having a relational connection with life. Walk our listeners through this transformational practice.

Q8-24:04Your book speaks to having a basis in Emotional Empathy. Give our listeners your thoughts on the relationship between Empathy and the emotion of LOVE.

Q9-28:40You offer daily meditations on the A-Z of emotional health web site. What meditative therapy would be helpful for someone who is experiencing extreme GRIEF or Depression?

Q10-32:48: We have a question from one of our listeners which feels like a perfect fit for your guidance. Sherry is 46 and lives with her husband and two children in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She writes, “In the past couple of years I have experienced the loss of both family and friends. These life events have literally dominated my emotional state to the point where GRIEF has crippled my ability to function. How can I work through these types of events quicker and get back to life?”

Q10-38:17:  When you were 16 the Chinese Tao the Ching had a profound effect on you. Share some insight with our listeners on the opening passage and it’s relationship to your current writings.

Q10-40:28: In addition to your book “7 Steps to Spiritual Empathy” which is available on Amazon and the resources available on the website A to Z of emotional health dot com, where else can our listeners connect with you and what else may be on the horizon?


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Jenny Florence was born in London in 1961. She is an Accr Counsellor, Writer, Mother. #1 Bestselling Author of 7 Steps to Spiritual Empathy. Author and Creator of the A-Z of Emotional Health on-line Library.

Drawing on her extensive experience Jenny’s books are a journey of self-awareness.

Science is demonstrating that as adult human beings we are far more influential in creating the kind of life that we want for ourselves than we realize. Our capacity to heal and to transform the circumstances and direction of our lives lies within us. Connecting the intelligence and creative capacity of our mind with emotional knowledge and understanding, Jenny has a unique ability to talk about the complexities of our mind and our emotions in a language that is accessible and without jargon. 

Her new series of books about the Intelligence of Emotion invites readers on a journey of self-discovery, beautifully combining conceptual knowledge of emotional intelligence with practical and pragmatic application.

Jenny has worked as a counsellor and therapist for over 26 years. In listening and supporting people of all ages, men, women, couples and individuals, she has realised that the area of our lives where the majority of us seem to struggle most is intrinsically connected to our emotions.  Our growing up, our families, our relationships, life events and the everyday happenings of life leave their mark, and this mark is an emotional one.

During her own life, Jenny has faced some pretty emotionally challenging experiences. She says;

“Those were very challenging times and whilst I clearly didn’t enjoy the way that I was feeling, I can say without exception that every emotion that I felt was a natural response to a situation in my life that wasn’t ok. My challenging emotions were giving me “good information” and I needed to listen to them. And not only did I need to listen to them in relation to the immediate circumstances I was in, but I also needed to travel inwards more deeply to recognize when I was bringing emotional history forwards into my current life. 

We cannot change our past but it has certainly been my own experience that we can change our relationship to our past, and in doing so we create change within our present, which in turn changes the shape of our future. If we work on the premise that in our adult lives we ourselves “ARE” the source of potential change, it becomes clear that we will need to be able listen to ourselves without fear and without judgement.

Our emotions are a powerful, human commodity. They can be our strongest and most supportive ally in life, or they can disable us, leaving us feeling blocked or at worst, out of control and in pieces. In my experience, it is never the emotion itself that’s the problem, it’s our relationship to it and our ability to listen to this information and choose what we do with it that will make the difference between a challenging experience being a break through, rather than a break down, a challenge or a crisis.

I know that my deepening ability to listen to my own emotions and to consider every emotional state that I feel as “valuable information” has created a way of living that in itself has been life changing.

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