The paper explores how children need to be able to use language to describe their emotions and feelings. Emotions are the reactions to a stimulus and feelings are the conscious experience of emotional reactions. The paper conceptualizes emotional numbing that inhibits developing the competences to feel or express emotions and prevents a person from becoming fully human drawing on Von Bertalanffy (1968) systems theory and Dewey (1916) philosophy of education for democracy. Thereafter, it proposes an incremental framework A Blueprint for Character Development for Evolution (ABCDE) that helps people develop faculty of judgement and within that, make good decisions for continued good life. ABCDE is not static but subject to moral inquiry of its fitness for purpose to help adults and children monitor and evaluate their incremental progress of character development through the five stages in a sequential order from A to E. Adults and Teachers who use the ABCDE framework in their practice can support children’s management of their emotions. Thus applying ABCDE recognises a vital step in a journey to Empowering Young Societal Innovators for Equity and Renewal (EYSIER) that supports education for democracy; A) to promote a good vocabulary that questions how to describe emotions and feelings, B) to use this vocabulary to compare and contrast ways to support self regulation in social and cognitive challenges and C) develop methods that role model patterns of kindly responses to others’ negative emotions and feelings through talk in inclusive communities of all Faiths and None in a Secular Society to develop security attachment capital (Hysa and Taysum, 2022), D) develop psychologies, philosophies and ethics of trust in knowledge to action change strategies with proof of concept for developing attachment security and E) identify principles that can be transferred to other problem solving contexts to either expose the policy scripters as a Leviathan-Master serving their own interests or as a Noble Public Servant/Statesperson, serving the interests of all of the people.
|Number of pages||230|
|Journal||Journal of Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Feb 2022|