Customizing My Emotional Spin Cycle:

Data Analysis

 

 

Psych 409aóFall 2001óG15

Dr. Leon James, Instructor

 

 

By: Jennifer Ah Sing

December 3, 2001

Link to Report Instructions

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Data Collection and Analysis

Discussions

Conclusion

References

 

Introduction

 

††††††† Emotions, thoughts, and actions guide everyday human life in positive and negative directions, within ourselves and towards those around us.Dr. Leon James terms these recurring happenings, the emotional spin cycle, a system of twelve settings that determines our thoughts, feelings and actions dependent upon our emotions and the circumstance or situations.To properly grasp the true nature of the emotional spin cycle it is imperative to understand the key concepts involved.

 

1)     Emotions are strong feelings that instinctively stimulate the human person to act

2)     Feelings in its simplest form is a sensation of any degree

3)     The Three-fold Self a theory created by Dr. Leon James and Dr. Diane Nahl, are the three components that complete an individual; affective behavior (feeling), cognitive behavior (thinking), and sensori-motor behavior (acting)

4)     The Hierarchy of Motives is a system of measure that evaluates the rank of human motives and categorizes them by the degree of need

* All definitions provided are formulated by authorís own personal experience and research

 

††††††††† Through analysis and research of these concepts, will we as a community be equipped with the tools necessary to modify our thoughts, feeling, actions and emotions.By decreasing the frequency of revolutions that the cycle occurs and decreasing the amount of time spent in depressions and rage will ultimately increase the quality of life of the population.The greater the awareness the better prepared we are to handle the triggers of everyday life.In depth consideration of these is available at Customizing My Emotional Spin Cycle: Annotated Bibliography.

 

Society and The Emotional Spin Cycle

 

††††††††† The society that we live in today is plagued with outbreaks of rage, depression, and aggressive and erratic behavior.Itís as though people have forgotten about each other, being totally self-absorbed and self-righteous.But the real issue is that most donít acknowledge that they do in fact have problems; whether it be, problems with coping, controlling emotion, expressing feelings, etc.

 

††††††††† Our community is on a downward spiral the emotions that are experienced everyday have affected the lives of all.As portrayed through the eyes of the media, rage and aggression is apparent all around us.We watch it on television, see it in movies, and hear it on the radio, read it in the newspapers.Individuals do not know how to handle and cope with rage, aggression and depression and spend much of their day in these states because they lack the tools to handle and modify these emotions.It is absolutely necessary for us, human kind to analyze and understand our emotional spin cycles in order to elevate the world as whole to a higher state of existence.

 

The Future Of The Emotional Spin Cycle

 

††††††††† The future is the unknown, a gray area where anything can happen.If things continue as they are going, the outlook seems grim.There will be increased instances of rage and aggression occurring globally, intervention wonít be a concern, aggressive acts maybe deemed normal.On the other hand, if people change and see that intervention is necessary, aggressive acts may decrease and eventually dissipate, education and modification of the spin cycle will be a key concern, and acting on rage and aggression will not be tolerated.The future is a mystery, but the thing we can do is improve ourselves and stand as examples for others to follow.Which will act as a ripple effect that will eventually touch everyone and increase the worldís quality of life.

 

††††††††† Education is key that will take the message to the world.Through education and learning knowledge is gained, the more information acquired the more awareness is achieved.When awareness is received a feeling of empowerment arrives and drives the human spirit to be proactive.Thus will we be able to understand and desire to analyze and modify our emotional spin cycles.

 

 

Data Collection and Analysis

 

††††††††† In this portion of the Customizing My Emotional Spin Cycle: Data Analysis, I attempt to test the theories put forth by Dr. Leon James, in the General Instructions, and experiment to analyze and modify my own emotional spin cycle.First by taking a 1-week baseline sample of general rage and aggressive feelings and then taking 1-week modification/control sample of general analyzed feelings as observed from week one.Techniques, methods, as well as theories from the General Instructions will be included to demonstrate the tools necessary is conducting the analysis and modification process.

 

The Threestep Method and Sampling Technique

 

††††††††† The threestep method helped me identify my feelings, and thus assisting in accepting them.It guided the 42 self-witnessing reports taken from week one (21) two week two (21).The threestep method also known as the AWM method (see General Instructions for more information):

 

1.                 Step 1: I ACKNOWLEDGE that I need to gain better control over my negative spin cycle.

2.                 Step 2: I WITNESS my threefold self in the negative spin cycle settings through objective self-monitoring or self-observation methods of data collection.

3.                 Step 3: I MODIFY my spin cycle in one selected area, and then I start with another area.

 

The sampling technique used, branched off of the threestep method and posed more specific questions from the AWM method, such as; what was the sequence of events experienced, what sensations did you feel, what thoughts came with those feelings, etc.This technique forced me to search beyond the surface, to see the true source of my feelings and to understand why I feeling and acting the way I did.Both the threestep method and the sampling technique forced me to do a great deal of soul searching that I didnít expect, but welcomed.

 

The Threefold Self

 

††††††††† The threefold self is a theory that divides an individual into three components, the affective domain of behavior, the cognitive domain of behavior and the sensori-motor domain of behavior.Affective behavior in simplest form is a feeling, what is felt when a situation occurs, for example when a loved one dies.Cognitive behavior is likened to thinking, what thoughts play a role in your decision making or thought process.Sensori-motor behavior is basically acting or action.

 

††††††††† The affective, cognitive and sensori-motor behaviors are dependent upon each other to function, they help us to classify and understand the stimuli that make us feel, think and act the way we do.This concept is vital in analyzing and modifying our emotional spin cycles.

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The Daily Spin Cycle

 

††††††††† The daily spin cycle starts from the time you wake up in the morning until the time you fall asleep at night.It is the array of feelings, emotions, thoughts, actions, etc. that occur throughout the day.The cycle is like a roller coaster of ups and downs, at times the emotions and feelings are overwhelming and do not dissipate quickly, while others happen and are forgotten instantaneously.Some days are better than others, while other days are worst than most.

Dr. Jamesí Spin Cycle has twelve setting that are divided into negative and positive as well as towards ourselves and towards others.The settings are further divided into units using the threefold self-concept, affective, cognitive, and sensori-motor behaviors.Which breaks down the general emotions and feelings into a more specific direction, that is primary in modifying and analyzing our emotional spin cycles in a more controlled way.

 

The Design For Week One and Week Two

 

††††††††† The design for week one was to take a baseline measure of the usual/general feelings, thoughts, and actions I went through for one week, taking samples in morning, afternoon, and night with a total of 21 for the week.Self-witnessing reports and global ratings (see below) acted as the measures for the sample, thus recording any kind of ďintense feelingĒ that I encountered was vital to the design.It was imperative to the data collection to record the date and time of the occurrence, the sequence of happenings, the thoughts that entered my mind, as well as the physical sensations that accompanied the feeling, etc.The key to the experiment was to record the data immediately in order to maintain clear and concise observations.

 

††††††††† The design for week two was a little more specific, the samples that were taken from week one were analyzed and from that several points of interest were chosen to be modified. The second portion of the design was separated into another three divisions, first it posed in depth analysis of the things that were felt, thought, and sensed in week one.The next step was to identify the ďbridgeĒ used to cross over from the negative to the positive.The final step in the design for week two was to identify the change or changes in thinking, feeling, and physical sensations.Although, I think that recording was vital to the data in week two, I donít think that it was imperative to have been so rigid in the date and time of these instances.The important issue was the modification that resulted from the analysis of the spin cycle.

 

The Blue Bridge or The Red Bridge

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The red bridge that Dr. James describes in the General Instructions, starts at setting 2-negative red thinking, emotionally impaired thoughts and crosses over to setting 11-positive red thinking, emotionally intelligent thoughts.This bridge is labeled determination, because it transitions you from the impaired thinking the rage invokes to having determination to change or act against it, which helps you to thinking intelligently.

 

The blue bridge starts at setting 5-negative blue thinking, pessimistic and cynical thoughts and moves to setting 8-positive blue thinking, optimistic and realistic thoughts.Resistance is the label for the blue bridge, because at setting 5 you convince yourself that youíre wrong and should feel bad. Feelings of depression and anxiety accompany this state.But the cross over to setting 8 provides the resistance needed to overcome pessimism and have optimism.

 

Both bridges emphasize the use of self-talk or self-regulatory prompts to assist in crossing both bridges.For the red bridge you could use, ďmaybe, maybe notĒ or remind yourself that being aggressive wonít get you what you want.Things like ďstop itĒ and reminding yourself that change is possible will aid in voyaging across the blue bridge.But the trick to making the ďbridgeĒ work is seriously taking charge of spin cycle consciously.Instead of allowing it to run you, you as an empowered individual maintain control of yourself.

 

The Global Rating Scale

 

††††††††† A global rating is taken once at the end of each day of the two-week experiment, which takes the average of six other smaller ratings: my strongest stress point today, my strongest level of satisfaction with myself today, my best level of effectiveness or productivity today, my best level of coping successfully with my feelings today, your current level of hope for the future, the worst level of negativity or selfishness of some other people around you.These ratings were based on a 1-10 rating scale, 1 is the very weak, ineffectual or little hope and 10 is the extreme, extremely hopeful or etc.Taking global ratings everyday for the sampling period is necessary in measuring the effectiveness of the modification and to check to see if any such change did in fact occur.The global rating scale is another integral part of the alteration of the emotional spin cycle.

 


Data Collection for Week One

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The data collection for week one was conducted on 11-12-01 to 11-18-01.This sample was used as the baseline for my emotional spin cycle.A sample of my self-witnessing reports is located here but to view the remainder of the data click, Data Collection Week One.The summary of my global ratings is presented to give an idea of my baseline emotional state in comparison to the modification portion of the spin cycle in week two.

 

 

Date: 11-12-01 Time: 9:30am

 

I woke up late this morning, no school. I feeling really anxious, have an exam tomorrow donít feel prepared.Last night I made the mistake of going out when I should have studied.I thought about the events of the day, today is my cousinís birthday and I need to cook and go shopping out of family obligation. I know I wonít be able to get out of it.I know Iím not going to have enough time to appropriately prepare.

I feel nervousness and panic.I feel my respiration and heartbeat increase.My mind starts running every which way, how can I do this, I need to get that, but what about this.I feel like Iím not going to make it through. What to do, when you have everything to do?

Date: 11-12-01 Time: 12:00pm

 

Rage!!! I feel like pulling all my hair out.My cousin is dragging me around shopping, I can think about getting my nails done and buying new clothes when I have my exam lingering in the back of my head.She has no idea how hard school is, all she is concerned with is her self, her on/off boyfriend and spending everybody elseís money.She continues to blabber on and on about nothing, well at least nothing I care about, all I want her to so is quiet and I think that will stop me from going nuts.

My hand is just shaking I canít handle it, I find myself snapping at her when she asks a question, I feel myself making faces at her when sheís not looking.I feel bad today is her birthday.Whatís wrong with me?

Date: 11-12-01 Time: 7:30pm

 

Feeling a little better everyone is gone.Iím excited that I actually can study now, but fear sets in when I realize that it might not be enough for me to go through everything on the exam.And I still have to clean up and no one wants to help me clean up.The only thing that I can think about is going to the exam tomorrow and going blank.A vision of a ďDĒ or an ďFĒ is whatís plaguing my mind.

I feel like screaming at the top of my lungs and telling someone to help me.Donít you guys understand all the stuff I have to do today?†† Doesnít going to college and trying to get my degree account for anything here?I feel so tired I need to sleep, but I feel nervous and shaky.

 

 

Global Ratings for Week One

 

Date

Strongest

Stress

Point

Strongest Satisfaction with Myself

Best Level Effectiveness

Today

Best Level Coping Successfully

Feelings

Current Level of Hope for the Future

Worst Level Negativity of Others Around you

11/12

8

6

7

6

8

5

11/13

9

7

5

6

7

6

11/14

7

8

7

7

8

6

11/15

9

5

5

4

5

8

11/16

7

8

7

7

7

6

11/17

6

8

7

7

8

6

11/18

7

9

8

8

9

5

Mean

7.5

7.2

6.5

6.4

7.4

6

 

 

Data Collection for Week Two

 

††††††††† The data collection for week two was conducted from 11-19-01 to 11-25-01.This sample was used to modify the baseline cycle of emotions from week one to week two.By looking at the data we measure any change in emotional state by implementing the red and blue bridges to cross from behaving negatively to behaving positively.A sample of the self-witnessing reports is available below, however to take a look at the complete data analysis, click Data Collection Week Two.The summary of global ratings is also available to contrast with the modified results and the baseline.

 

Date: 11-19-01 Time: 9:00pm

 

Tonight my boyfriend and I celebrated his birthday, I took him out to dinner at Compardes.Of course were talking and my boyfriend started making comments about things I said and things I did.I usually get really mad and throw it all back to him, but used the blue bridge and resisted feelings I had to retaliate and argue with him.I told myself to ďstop itĒ and ďcalm down.Ē It worked really well, I was able to make it through the evening without any fighting or disagreeing, at least on my part.I felt much calmer, like I was able to handle the situation more effectively by using the bridge.My respiration was normal and I didnít feel any increase in heart rat

 

 

Global Rating for Week Two

 

Date

Strongest

Stress

Point

Strongest Satisfaction with Myself

Best Level Effectiveness

Today

Best Level Coping Successfully

Feelings

Current Level of

Hope for the

Future

Worst Level Negativity

of Others Around you

11/19

7

9

9

8

10

5

11/20

6

8

8

7

8

6

11/21

5

5

4

8

7

7

11/22

6

8

9

8

9

5

11/23

7

7

7

8

8

8

11/24

9

6

7

5

5

6

11/25

6

6

6

8

7

5

Mean

6.5

7

7.1

7.4

7.7

6

 

 

Data Collection Difficulties

 

††††††††† Data Collection was the most difficult aspect of the experiment to conquer.I often forgot to record the incidents immediately after they occurred by the time I remembered the sequence of events were a little hazy.It was hard to jog my memory back to the moment and recall exactly what happened.I feel that I may have forgotten bits and pieces of the occurrence and maybe filled in the spots where I couldnít remember.It is accurate to say that some of the samples taken are tainted to some extent, although for the more part I think that they are fairly substantial.

 

I also found it difficult to use the global rating scale, I didnít feel I had enough information or I didnít have the expertise to accurately rate myself on a day today bias.I think I may have over-scored myself and maybe have under-scored myself on occasion.The scale didnít come with any type of example to rate myself with; I know I would have done better if I had some statistics on how others rated themselves.Although the rating are relative based on personal prerogative.

 

Evidence of the Cycle

 

††††††††† The spin cycle became visible in the self-witnessing reports that I recorded; the cycles were manifested through rage, anger, frustration, anxiety, and fear. The intensity of these emotions were significant, I found myself ready to give up on numerous occasions.I felt as though the weight of all the emotions, feelings, thoughts, and fears were too much for me to handle, I allowed myself to think that I was going to have a breakdown.I realized that I tell myself all the time that I canít deal with all the pressures of school, work and family expectations.I try to paint a picture of having everything under control to everyone else, especially myself, but I know I donít have it all under control.

 

††††††††† The stimuli that lead up to the occurrence of my spin cycles were sensations of fear, rage, frustration, anxiety, and discontentment.Sometimes people hanging around the door at the end class set me off, fighting with my boyfriend definitely caused rage and frustration, being in traffic and having people cut me off made me crazy.It was an endless amount of little things that I let drive me over the edge.I would go through the cycle all day everyday hiding it from myself.Although deep down inside I knew I was protecting myself and I didnít know how to handle my feelings and emotions.Thatís what kept my rage and anxiety up, my inability to accept what I was feeling and to deal with it.I assumed I could handle it all because I had been doing it the whole time, but I found out that, yeah I was handling my anger but not the right way.

 

The Recovery

 

††††††††† At the start of week two recovery didnít seem like an option.I had problems with modifying every part of my day, thus I chose to concentrate on one aspect out of my day to work on.I tried using the bridge methods of crossing over from negative thinking to a positive outlook, but it was complicated.The one concept that jumped started my recovery were the self-regulatory sentences.When I started telling myself to stop it and calm down and maybe, maybe not, it helped to me stop and really ponder what I was feeling and why I felt that way.After I realized that I need to make a conscious effort to stop and think, it made all the difference recovery and modification were now possible.

 

††††††††† When I acknowledged that I needed to stop and think was when I began to modify my reactions to my feelings.I searched beyond the surface and looked deeper; to find the real reason I was angry, anxious, and frustrated.Through being in touch with those feelings I was able to view what areas I needed to change and I knew how to change them.I used self-regulatory sentence as my primary intervention against my negative feelings and emotions that eventually sped with the recovery process when spin cycles occurred.

 

Discussions

 

††††††††† The overall results of the experiment were relatively accurate to prediction; it was assumed that the emotional spin cycle would be higher in frequency in week one than in week two.By analyzing the data presented and evaluating the global ratings of both weeks, we see that the stress level decreased from 7.5 in week one to 6.5 in week two, the level of effectiveness increased from .65 in week one to 7.1 in week two, the level of successful coping increased from 6.4 in week one to 7.4 in week two and the current level of hope for the future increased from 7.4 in week one to 7.7 in week two.As shown in the data from week one to week two mean measures of the global ratings increased in 4 out of the 6 areas considered.

 

††††††††† Psychologically the evidence isnít as clear cut and apparent as the statistically evidence provided.In week one no intervention was necessary to modify any behaviors or emotions, a simple baseline measure was taken to view the usual daily spin cycle.It wasnít until week two when modification and analysis were required did any kind of psychological happenings occur.When analysis was conducted on the data, it was evident that avoidance behavior was at play.I tried to shield others and myself from the appearance of any kind of weakness or incapability I had, thus avoiding to allow it to surface.Denial also was implement to assist the avoidant behavior.If you deny that you have any weakness than avoidance is achieved, because if you have no downfall than you donít need to avoid it.

 

Conclusion

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††††††††† The research done on this report opened my eyes to my true emotions and feelings, some of which I didnít know existed until now.I feel Iíve gained a greater awareness of how to handle and cope with different situations, people, and emotions.I realized that coping with our emotions is vital if not crucial to how we live our lives everyday; because everyone has feelings and they are what help them or discourage them through the span of the day.We as a community live off each otherís, feelings, hopes, accomplishments, fears, angers, etc.If one thing is unbalanced with one person it is going to ultimately affect everyone, thus its is so important to realize our feelings, accepted, and do something about it.The study of the emotional spin cycle helps to achieve that goal.

 

††††††††† I think that if greater awareness is mainstream to the population the amount of rage, anxiety, anger, frustration will dramatically decrease and we will see an elevated level of consciousness of the world.My hope is that education will be spread, amongst the young and the old in order to capture everyone.Itís important for all of us to do our part to contribute to gain better understanding of ourselves to be able to assist others.I hope that from writing this paper, someone else will be touched to spread the awareness as well.

 

References

 

http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy/leon.html

 

http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/409af2001/ahsing/report1.htm

 

http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy15/g15reports-instructions.html

 

http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/409af2001/ahsing/datacollection1.htm

 

http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/409af2001/ahsing/datacollection2.htm

 

 

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