Self Awareness Improves Self Control

Interoception and Emotion Regulation

What one has to do with the other

Have you ever been surprised by the sudden intensity of your own emotions? One minute you thought you were calm, cool, and collected, and the next you were flying off the handle?

…Just me, then?

(Hopefully not just me).

Do you know your subtle, early signs of dysregulation?

Honestly, before we realized my son and I are both neurodivergent, and we started working on these, I thought I was extremely self-aware. We are both highly insightful on an intellectual level and can offer all kinds of useful facts about emotion regulation.

Come to find out, we both have very poor interoception, so we have poor recognition of our early, more subtle signs of dysregulation.

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Published by Jillian ADHD 2e MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

2 thoughts on “Self Awareness Improves Self Control

  1. Last weekend I got out of control at a party. And started yelling at my girlfriend out of nowhere. It was like I completely lost control of my emotions, which rarely happens to me. Usually I’m in the blue zone and have little emotion. Anyways, this post and graphic speaks to me!

    1. I’m so glad you find it helpful, and I’m sorry to hear about the difficulties over the weekend. I can relate to feeling like I go from 0 to 60 in zero seconds, but self-awareness is the first step to addressing it. Good luck!

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