Although the topic of managing emotions has regained strength in recent times, the health crisis that we suffer today puts it on the table as a relevant topic for individual and social reflection.
Emotions play a fundamental role in people’s cognitive, physical, cultural and social development, as they are inherent to the human condition from the first years of life.
In Google there are two meanings for the term “emotion”: the simplest has to do with “the impulse that leads to an action”, while from psychology it is called “the feeling or perception of the elements and relationships of reality or imagination ”.
Khamlichi (2021) argues that someone who understands, controls and expresses their emotions in a manner consistent with what is happening around them is someone who has developed emotional learning.
According to this author, the process begins in childhood, accompanied by the family nucleus, a space where girls and boys are trained in interpersonal relationships.
It requires a safe and reliable environment so that they feel free, as well as rules that help them understand the importance of discipline, tolerance and respect when they begin to interact with other infants.
It is then that the opportunity to see and respond to the emotions of others presents itself; what has been learned at home is put into practice and amplified.
Emotional learning is then a process that daily tests the personal ability to understand how what happens in the environment affects the individual, since the way in which they control their internal motions and how they manifest them for optimal intellectual development will depend on it. , emotional and, therefore, social.
The imminent return to the classroom will reveal the ability of teachers, students and directors of all types of formal education to cope with a host of personal and collective emotions that could differ from the learning objectives to be achieved.
You cannot ignore the pain due to so much death suffered, the fear of the threat to health, the uneasiness about economic problems, the impatience to return to the known normality or the responsibility that comes with self-care and the care of others.
There are many emotions that will come together in the classroom, so we must be prepared to understand, handle and express them.
In other words, emotional learning should be a permanent purpose, at least while we reorganize ourselves to be a more just and caring society.
No one asked or expected it, but it has been necessary to suffer the pandemic to understand how vulnerable our emotions are.
Emotional learning is undoubtedly a key objective of the educational system, and perhaps it will be the most important, since repressing feelings will cause more serious problems, such as those related to mental health.