This week's talking point is emotions. Before getting together with the members of your conversation group, go over the questions below so that ideas flow more easily when you meet up with your friends and you can work out vocabulary problems beforehand.
Complete these sentences so that they are true for you. Then discuss them with a partner.
1 It brings a lump to my throat when …
2 The most heart-breaking thing I have ever seen was …
3 When I feel a bit down, I …
4 I would be beside myself with worry if …
5 I was overtaken by fear when …
In what situations do you find it easier or more difficult to express your emotions?
Is there anything that helps you when trying to share feelings?
When do you have a hard time expressing emotions?
Rank these factors in order of importance (1-5) for a successful relationship:
sharing the same hobbies and interests
being physically attracted to each other
respecting each other
liking each other’s family and friends
sharing religious and political beliefs
What advice would you give to a young couple about how to manage their different attitudes towards expressing their emotions?
Which of these statements do you agree with?
1 Women are better at expressing their feelings than men.
2 Society doesn’t allow men to express their feelings openly.
3 Women are emotional and men are rational.
To illustrate the topic, you can watch the video How To Talk About Your Emotions and Express Your Feelings