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Managing strong feelings

All pupils will experience strong feelings in response to a range of everyday situations (falling out with peers, feeling angry at perceived injustice, feeling jealous of what others have or can do, etc.) and the majority of pupils will find ways of managing and dealing with these strong feelings in ways that are not detrimental to themselves or other people.

The pupils who would benefit from this small focus group topic are those whose responses to feelings such as anger, resentment or frustration are frequently inappropriate or disproportionate across a range of contexts. Their difficulty may lead to dominating, aggressive or anti-social behaviour, or alternatively to withdrawal or self-destructive behaviours. These pupils might lack skills of self-awareness, for example they may find it hard to recognise and identify their feelings or understand the link between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Practitioners will want to consider the make-up of groups who have additional needs in this area, and may include some positive role models within the groupings. This topic could usefully be developed and /or co-facilitated by a practitioner with expertise in the area of mental health.

This topic is designed to help young people to:

  • understand more about how thoughts and feelings affect behaviours
  • recognise how some feelings can overwhelm
  • consider ways of managing these feelings
  • learn some relaxation techniques.