In this module our focus is on the idea of psychological strength
in managing strong emotions. Because heroic behavior involves taking
a risk or making a sacrifice, strong emotions of fear, sadness,
or anger are likely. Courageous people feel strong emotions. Instead
of being driven by them, however, they make the choice of taking
There are advanced concepts here that many children will find some
difficulty understanding. Consider this an introduction to these
issues and have reasonable expectations for their ability to apply
what they are learning to their behavior. Simplify concepts as much
as possible but do not shy away from having great expectations for
what they can accomplish.
ideas and actions
1. Our bodies react when we have strong feelings.
2. We can understand what we are thinking by how we are feeling.
3. Having an emotion is not the same thing as taking an action.
4. Strong emotions can stop us from thinking.
5. Strong emotions can cause us to make mistakes.
6. We have to work hard to calm our strong emotions.
7. Making good decisions often means "thinking under fire"
activities (grades 4-6)
1. Recognizing emotional arousal
2. Recognizing emotional highjacking
3. Thinking under fire