Everything you have ever seen, heard, felt, tasted or smelled since your first breath is stored in your subconscious. The subconscious uses this information to determine how you will emotionally respond to your world. How well you remember anything is determined by the emotional impact at the time of the event. The result may not be as significant as post-traumatic stress but it can still have an impact, which can ultimately bring about an unwanted behavior.
Emotion precedes everything we do in life, this is why a couple of the proverbial questions from psychotherapists is “How did that make you feel” or “How do you feel about that?” When one understands, the primary issue concerning disordered behavior the absolute first step is clearly to measure emotion. This could not be more evident than with the diagnosis of ADHD and ADD with children.
People seek out psychotherapists and psychiatrists because they are emotionally distressed and for no other reason I am aware. For this single reason the answer to the above question should be perfectly clear however when I ask a client this question who has been in therapy for several years there is always a hesitation. The next question I ask is did your therapist measure and track your emotional state. The answer again is no.