The Science Of “Where” We Feel In Our Bodies?
When the idea for My Feelings Workbook came to fruition in 2008, it was based on a simple shift in language that was asked to a child who was struggling with anger but was not benefitting from any therapy to help him with that anger. The shift occurred when he was to asked “where” he was feeling the anger in his body not just how he was feeling. It immediately had a huge impact on the child’s awareness which led to change. Years later, a draft version of My Feelings Workbook was used to help an older aggressive child with a 40 IQ, who had not responded to any cognitive therapy to help him with his aggression, learn that when he felt angry he would feel the heat in his hands (see image to the left for the corroborating scientific study image). It was after this that an intervention was developed that taught him to notice his hands and when they began to get hot, to approach staff and ask them to hold a bag of ice cubes. It was the first time an intervention had worked to help him with his anger and it only worked because the question asked was “where” not how.
Take a look at some scientific research on this very concept!