Another thing that I am now aware of which I am sure I was not previously aware of as a child are my strong emotions. Even though I remember being very angry and extremely happy at various occasions in my childhood, and I also remember expressing my feelings, I could hardly give them a name at the time. All I would know is that I was feeling upset, but I did not know why. But after growing up, and reading the report Mood Regulation and Emotional Intelligence: Individual Differences by Carol L. Gohm, I found that there are many different kinds of emotions and many different ways to experience and interpret them. This report is a study that examines the different emotions and their varying degrees that a particular person feels and how these feelings affect the mood of the person. The report identifies the different types of emotions that people feel based on meta-emotion units of clarity, attention and intensity, identifying four basic kinds of emotions: overwhelmed, hot, cerebral and cool. The report also explains how these different kinds of emotions come about and how the presence of these emotions affects the way a person behaves and his or her moods. The report also examines how the intensity, clarity and the nature of the emotions experienced by the people affect their decision-making abilities and actions.
When I think of my childhood and my mother, I immediately think about the kind of learning processes that I have been through. Some of my learning experiences have been very Pavlovian in nature, when I would learn to associate certain sounds and expressions with different events and proceedings. Other times, I have been acutely aware of the reinforcement theories - such as those used by Skinner - which my mother used to use on me to make me learn things. For example, I remember that I would get a rap on the back of my hand for touching the electric cable that would hang from the electric iron. When this happened a few times, I would then never touch it since I knew that my mother would hit my hand and I did not want to be hit. I think all of these things that my mother did with me ended up in making up the personality and the identity that I have today.
Personal childhood experience essay