Emotion

What Can We Learn From Negative Emotions?

Usually when people come to counseling, they are in emotional distress. If you are struggling, you might be in that place right now. Maybe you feel depressed, down, and sad. Or perhaps you feel anxious, uptight, and nervous. You want relief from the unpleasant emotions you are experiencing. I know …

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Notice Your Feelings, But Make a Good Decision Anyways

Emotions can be powerful determinants of our actions and behaviors. Usually this is a good thing. If you’re walking in the woods, and come across a dangerous predator, you feel fear. Your fear motivates you to stop and run the other way. However, sometimes our emotions can lead us in a …

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Exploring Different Kinds of Unhappiness

I don’t like to be unhappy. When I start to feel sad or frustrated, my tendency is to do something to make myself feel differently. I might try to avoid the thing that is causing my discomfort, or do something to distract myself. Sometimes these strategies to escape unhappiness can …

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