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Control Emotion: Podcast 100

This podcast is the narrated version of my article 3 Ways to Help Your Clients Control Their Emotions.

When a client is at the mercy of their own feelings, they can feel out of control. Introduce the idea of self-mastery with these techniques.

In this episode I talk about:

  • A Brave New World
  • How valid is the feeling?
  • “Where has the feeling gone?”
  • When mind metaphors are taken literally
  • Help them realize they can captain their own ship
  • Help your client look ahead (and back) in new ways
  • Encourage your client to get to know themselves

Or watch this episode of the podcast on video below:


  1. From the introduction to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
  2. The psychologist was Joseph Griffin, and he was responding to a woman in a workshop who had suggested that it was unhealthy to ever try to deny an emotional response. He went on to say that clenching your fist whilst pretending to yourself you were not clenching it would not be particularly healthy.
  3. When electricity was the technology du jour, people talked of ‘recharging your batteries’ and ‘being run down’. Psychiatrists at the Tavistock clinic in London routinely electrocuted British survivors of the World War I trench warfare in an attempt to restore their energy levels, and ECT electric shock treatment gained popularity. Ironically, electrical psychiatry killed some survivors of the Somme! Nowadays we might talk in computational terms, suggesting that people need to ‘process’ an issue or that they have ‘crashed’.

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Mark Tyrrell

About Mark Tyrrell

Psychology is my passion. I've been a psychotherapist trainer since 1998, specializing in brief, solution focused approaches. I now teach practitioners all over the world via our online courses.

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