Are you aware of your level of self-control? What about your students? You may be very aware of your ability to control yourself, or maybe you have never really thought about it. But you can probably tell which students have high levels of self-control and which ones could use some help. Self-control is an important skill to develop for everyone. Becoming aware of ones’ level of self-control is necessary for personal growth. Developing this ability in your students is a crucial part of the bullying prevention process.

Self-Control: Definition

We define self-control as: the ability to handle personal feelings and emotions in difficult situations. This definition contains two key words: feelings and emotions. A feeling is an expression of sensitivity. An emotion is an intense feeling with physical as well as mental manifestations. Emotions are capable of driving someone towards action because their feelings have been aroused to the point of awareness. Feelings and emotions become far more important in difficult life situations, like when one is exposed to bullying.

Successful bullying prevention requires people to have the ability to control their thoughts, feelings, and actions. When individuals learn how to control themselves rather than react to situations, bullying prevention becomes a reality. Self-control is easy when it doesn’t matter, it becomes much more difficult in stressful situations. Stressful situations challenge people’s ability to remain cool, calm, and collected.

Our Self-Control Series

In this series on self-control and bullying prevention, you will learn how to develop self-control in your students. We will cover communication styles and how they are influenced by stress. You will learn about the basics of self-control and how that plays into dealing with the problem of bullying. We also cover the basics of managing stress so that self-control can become an everyday habit. Our follow posts will cover the following topics in depth:

1. The Psychology of Self-Control
2. Emotions
3. Assertion
4. How to Develop Self-Control
5. Develop Your Habits
6. The Impact of Self-Control

This is the first post in our series on Self-Control and Bullying Prevention. Stay tuned for future posts in this series! If you would like to see how our Bullying Prevention Map can assess your students level of self-control click the free trail button below.