The Importance Of Emotions In Social Work

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Overall, I believe I have a great ability when dealing with intense emotions. During the last two years, my family has dealt with some significant interpersonal problems, many of which have caused my mother great stress and heightened anxiety. I found myself frequently listening to her recount each day’s negative events that sometimes turned into very emotional periods of non-stop crying. Although some people may wish to walk away from a person since they do not know how to comfort them, I was always there for her without question and eventually came up with different strategies to make her feel as calm as possible. Most of the time, she just needed a person to listen to her and help her stay strong during this tough time. While I was also …show more content…
Throughout my school years, I was always the person in the friend group that would help out in sticky situations and act as a mediator between two people that were in an argument. However, sometimes I do notice that I jump in and ask too many questions without hearing the whole story first. My brain is rather fast-processing and I like to have all the facts in front of me, but I definitely know it’s important to let these details come out naturally in time. This is something I will have to work on as I go forth in my social work career, but I am certainly aware of it and have been trying hard lately to get rid of this habit. Also, I do think I am very cautious in regards to self-disclosure. I may not have significant experience in the social work field just yet, but when I mentored a middle school student when I was a junior, I made sure to keep the focus on her. I let her know that I also had experience with bullying like she did, though we never went any further than that. I was there to listen to her stories and help her work on forming relationships with classmates, not talk about my life. To me, this is very important in the social work field, as it is so client-centered and there is no reason to expose the client to one’s own …show more content…
I make friends easily after I get over my initial shyness and I have been told I am approachable and welcoming. I am a typical “people person” and usually love being in the company of others, even though I do certainly like my alone time as well. I feel this is especially true with small children and they naturally flock to me. On numerous separate occasions, I have found myself just sitting on the beach and several minutes later, I will have a group of toddlers sitting with me in the sand. I think this relates back to my warm and friendly appearance at first glance and I take pride in

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