Emotions basic and complex serve a motivational function in our lives.
Much of our emotions’ functional purposes not only help us function in our daily lives but also helps direct us toward environments and situations that will benefit our psychological well-being (Reeve, 2015 pp 369-427). That is, if we have good emotional regulation and knowledge. Without this our lack of emotional regulation can cause us to be directed to environments and situations that are NOT benefiting to our psychological well-being. Also, what prior experiences we have determine our interpretation of events and situations-again guiding us toward environments based on these. These naturally involves our emotional experiences that affect our memory and interpretation of events.
Emotional knowledge is developed over time through our emotional experiences.
It is important as parents and educators to help children develop and increase their emotional knowledge as well as providing supporting emotional experiences.