Releasing shame

It's been a while since I've posted. This post will make clear one of the reasons why. CW (domestic violence & abuse) Sometimes memes say the right thing at the right time in the right way. That didn’t happen with this one. Sure, there are probably plenty of situations where this idea is true. But, …

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Break the Chain

When I started therapy last year, I went in with 4 specific things I knew I wanted to eventually work on: anger, relationship, self esteem, and trauma. It was important for me to have a clear idea on what I wanted to address so that I was better able to find the right person to …

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Developing Emotional Understanding, Part 2

Brief recap from Part 1: Emotions are generated in the primitive Limbic System as an automatic physical response to stimuli. They are universal to all humans. Feelings are reactions to emotions and are shaped by our personal experiences, beliefs, and memories. The Basics of Basic Emotions There are some basic emotions that are expressed similarly …

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Developing Emotional Understanding, Part 1

The broader and deeper our understanding of emotions and feelings, the better we are able to communicate about them, process them, and adjust how we respond to them. Things get muddled quickly, because most of us use the ideas of "emotions" and "feelings" interchangeably. While "emotions" and "feelings" are related, they are very distinctly different. …

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