If children and ultimately adults are to become competent social players, they must learn to manage both their own and other people’s emotions. This will include becoming emotionally sensitive, aware and reflective. It will require an understanding of what causes feeling and how feelings affect us and our behaviour. Emotion regulation involves the modulation and control of our feelings and impulses, especially intense ones. Many emotions act as an internal guidance system, telling us what is important or acceptable, appropriate or dangerous, beneficial or risky (Wolfe 1999: 43).
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