Learning to use your brain coach for emotional compression - ADHD Dude - Ryan Wexelblatt

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I teach the concept of "emotional compression" meaning that however you feel is O.K.AND we have to use our "brain coach" to compress our emotions in many situations in order to help others feel comfortable around us.

As an example, if you are in school and you get frustrated while taking a test you do not yell out in the middle of the test because you are frustrated. What's expected is you use emotional compression in order to respect your classmates and help them to feel comfortable around you.
This is extremely important concept for kids with ADHD who struggle with emotional regulation and perspective-taking because they have a propensity to lash out at others AND not fully recognize how their emotional outburst was offensive or scary to others. Furthermore, these outbursts are often "out of sight, out of mind". Some kids may appear as if nothing happened despite the fact they might have offended somebody by screaming at them 5 minutes ago.
Here's the most important part of this - difficulty with emotional compression often does not go away in adulthood which is why I believe in teaching this concept of using emotional compression as soon as possible
As with all "teaching social", learning to use emotional compression is context-dependent so I combine this with how others perceive the size of the problem which is what many kids struggle with because they believe that if something is a giant problem to them everyone else should recognize it as a giant problem.
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