I've been working on a checklist, for completing Step One in the Emotions Anonymous program.
Points to Consider
In working Step One you:
1. Admit your usual ways of handling your emotions (habitual defense mechanisms) have caused significant problems in your life.
2. Admit you are (at least temporarily) powerless to stop using these old defense mechanisms. You learn see how each time you react (involuntarily use habitual defenses), your lose yourself or, your emotions flare more out of control.
3. Admit that your old defense mechanisms contributed to unmanageabilty in your day-to-day life.
4. Admit you are powerless to manage your life if you continue to use these automatic ways of thinking and acting. You begin to recognize a few of these self-defeating habits.
Does it make sense? Do you see this as being of general value? Worth continuing the exploration? Especially if EA is totally new to you, I would value your input.