Which of the following is the best indication of an emotionally healthy person?
A. A tendency to respond to every situation, good or bad, with humor B. An ability to remain calm and in control of one s emotions in every situation C. A tendency to show a range of emotions that reflect life s UPS and downs D. A tendency to restrain ones s happiness knowing that bad experiences can happen at any time
A tendency to show a range of emotions that reflect life’s ups and downs AND an ability to remain calm and in control of one’s emotions. Both of these are potential signs of health, but both of them could also be overdone. On the first one, it’s true that emotionally healthy people experience a full range of positive and negative emotions.
But at the same time life’s ups and downs should not have too dramatic an effect on a healthy person’s mood, and they should be able to maintain emotional equilibrium throughout it all. So the second answer is true as well – emotionally healthy people are able to keep an even keel and aren’t battered by constant emotional swings. Ideally, an emotionally healthy person should have both of these qualities.