Function of Emotion Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Function of emotion worksheet?

According to DBT, emotions have three functions. It motivates us towards any behavior, to communicate to ourselves, and to communicate to others. How we interpret an event or trigger is important in shaping our behavior, causing physical and emotional changes in us, and definitely the consequences of our behavior. Understanding the function of our emotions can help us regulate them effectively.

How will this worksheet help you?

This worksheet is designed to help you list down the event, how you interpret the event, what physical changes it caused, which emotion you felt and what is your behavior and its consequences. In this way you can identify how your emotion affects your behavior and ultimately the consequences of your behavior. Knowing the function of your emotions can help you in regulating them and improve your behaviors.

How to use this worksheet?

Take a printout of this worksheet and discuss it with your therapist. You can fill it out twice once with your therapist and the second time by yourself. This will show your understanding of this topic and you can share it with your therapist for their feedback.

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