Reflecting Feelings: Definition & Examples


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Why is the word reflecting used to describe the active listening method, reflecting feelings?

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Four-year-old Emmy is upset that she is not tall enough to ride the roller coaster at the fair. She throws a tantrum, and then Emmy's mom reflects Emmy's feelings back to her so that Emmy can calm down and become more aware of how to express her feelings.

Which of the following is the most appropriate reflections of Emmy's feelings?

2. Which of the following is NOT a purpose of reflecting feelings?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The worksheet and quiz are tools designed to check your understanding of a counselor's use of reflecting feelings. The purpose of this technique and some examples are topics addressed on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools help assess your comprehension of:

  • How reflecting feelings help counselors in the first couple sessions
  • The purpose of reflecting feelings
  • Why the word 'reflecting' is used to describe the active listening method, reflecting feelings

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about how reflecting feelings can be applied in real-life situations
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on reflecting feelings
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the purpose of reflecting feelings and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more, use the lesson called Reflecting Feelings: Definition & Examples. Some objectives you can complete include:

  • Determine what types of counselors should use reflecting feelings
  • Review examples of reflecting feelings
  • See how reflection of feelings affects therapy sessions