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D.A.R.E Framework for finding patterns of behaviour

Funtazia International’s DARE Framework © is an approach used for determining emotional states. It is part of the “fACT approach for Social and Emotional Development.

D.A.R.E. is an abbreviation of the words: Decisions, Awareness, Relationships, Emotions.

Funtazia International’s DARE Framework © combines several scientifically proven approaches to define, become aware of, and regulate emotional states in order to lead to more constructive decisions that lead to stronger and healthier relationships.

The DARE Framework © is an opportunity for children and adults to comment, clarify and solve problems through relatable everyday situations. The situation is examined within the framework through the four parts of the “DARE Barometer”, which you see visualized as a multi-colored wheel.

DARE Framework makes it possible to find an explanation of emotions that happen to us, to understand the level of their regulation, to follow what reactions we usually have under the affect of different emotions, to understand our decisions and how all this affects our relationships with others.

For each of the four segments in the “DARE Barometer” we have the element “Reason” – defining the reason this is important for a clearer awareness of situations.

In the graphic above, you can see an example of filling out the “DARE Barometer” for a specific situation.

When we have filled multiple “DARE Barometers”, considering one defined problem, this allows us to follow and find behavioral patterns and habits. When we define a behavioural pattern we can easily work on it – to investigate wether it is a positive or a negative one and find out is it healthy or not to continue using it.

When Using Funtazia International’s DARE Framework ©, the child indicates a quadrant in each of the four segments of the “DARE Barometer”:

Segment #1 – Feelings and Energy
The top left of the “DARE Barometer” defines the feelings we had in the discussed situation and the energy of the person, i.e. were the feelings pleasant or unpleasant and how energetic or lethargic the person was. In this segment of the “Barometer” the child/adult can name all the feelings and emotions the situation caused, as well as describe their impact on their body, speech, gestures, etc.
Segment #2 – Feelings and Control
The upper right of the “DARE Barometer” defines the feelings of the discussed situation and our ability to control them. The same feelings can throw us out of control in different situations. In this segment we have the opportunity to define in what situations what affects the possibility and degree of control of feelings and emotions.
Segment #3 – Feelings and Decisions
The bottom right of the “DARE Barometer” defines the decisions in the discussed situation – it is clarified whether these decisions are constructive or destructive, as well as what feelings they caused for us. Destructive decisions can produce pleasant feelings of satisfaction, and vice versa. It is important to clarify so that there are opportunities for discussion around future strategies for more effective decisions and actions for greater success.
Segment #4 – Feelings and Relationships
The bottom left of the “DARE Barometer” defines how our decisions have affected our relationships with others. Did they worsen the relationships or improve them and accordingly – what feelings did this caused to us – pleasant or unpleasant.

DARE framework is a wonderful way of filing (The element form fACT approach) information about feelings, emotions and the way we reacted to them in order to find constructive way to respond to our emotional experences in the future.

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