Emotions Power of Feelings: Emotion, Imagination, and the

Emotions play a large role in how we perceive
things.  The ability to learn new ideas
and approaches can be tainted by the emotions that are restricting our ability
to perceive a new way of thinking. 
Experience with life issues gives adult learners more emotional baggage
than traditional students.

I value my level for emotions in my adult learning
experience.  I am founded in my beliefs about
God and his path for my life.  I look to
God for answers when I find myself becoming angry, upset, or confused.  I trust that the bible, which is God’s word,
will give me an escape route from whatever I am going through.

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The major emotional awareness that I have is that I am
determined.  As a young adult my father
told me I would never amount to anything.  I struggled with that comment until I
realized, I am who I want to be, and I can do anything if I put God first.  I am the first person from my family to graduate
from college with an associate degree and I heard my father say how proud he
was of me with tears in his eyes. 

This article The Power
of Feelings: Emotion, Imagination, and the Construction of Meaning in Adult Learning
(Dirkx, Spring 2001 ) provided me with
three majors take away ideas.  To realized
that emotions are connected to images and you must conquer that image in your
mind to change the emotion.  It is okay
to have emotions if you direct them in the right direction and realize where
they are coming from.  My learning was
motivated by the emotion of determination.

This article (Dirkx, Spring 2001 ) also allowed me to
understand that my upbringing made me have the emotions I do.  Our belief system is often something we have
learned our whole life and are willing to defend.  When someone questions this belief system we
are quick to become emotional and defensive.  There is always a picture associated with the
emotion that we are not even aware of being there.

This article was very enlightening.  I have become more aware that my emotions may
be leading to some of my dreams and fantasies. 
This emotional energy may lead to my daily expression of handling
situations.  I have been made more aware
of this emotional journey and will be more aware of how it affects me and the people
around me.