These empathy cards are a great resource for helping identify what feelings or needs are present. There is something about having a set of cards to flick through that seems to make it easier to figure out where you are at. CBT techniques, like encouraged with Living Wisdom and ThinkLadder, are made much more potent when combined with some reflection on your current feelings and needs.
These are useful for professionals, lay workers, and individuals.
The trick with feelings is that many of the things we think are feelings are actually ‘assessments’ of a situation, and the problem with most things we call ‘needs’, is that they are actually ‘strategies’ that we use to fulfil our needs. Having a list of words limits us to the true feelings and needs which helps us better understand ourselves which increases our chance of meeting our needs and being able to be truly heard by others when we communicate.
*Quick reference set of feelings and needs
*Instruction cards with games you can play
*A mini ‘Dance Floor
*~55 Feeling Cards
*~55 Needs Cards
The focus on needs and feelings is something I picked up on from Marshall Rosenberg’s work on something he calls Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
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