Violent emotions sometimes go out of control.
Jealousy, fear, anger and even love can suddenly turn explosive.
Suppression of such emotions often becomes the norm, as people prefer to avoid fully experiencing them or responding to them. This redirects or channels the emotions into other areas and physical activities.
Example: Small children who are afraid of the dark often talk or sing to get their minds off the fear.
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Sometimes emotions are misread, and we start to block the experience of the particular emotion by mislabelling it. Example: Sadness can be mislabelled as anger, just because we perceive sadness as a weak emotion and anger as a strong one.
We also deprive an emotion of ‘oxygen’ by not giving attention to it, and in many cases, deflect it to avoid confrontation or being rude.
Just as thoughts can sometimes be unconscious and automatic, we also have unconscious, below surface level feelings. We sometimes realize that our connection to a place or person becomes stronger or weaker but we don’t realize it consciously, as it happens outside our awareness.
When profound emotions go underground, they affect the core of our very being and have to be dealt with in order to restore emotional balance.
“The truth is that there is no such thing as a negative emotion. Emotions only become ‘bad’ and have a negative effect on us when they are suppressed, denied, or unexpressed.” ~Colin Tipping
Emotions are constantly and powerfully guiding our lives, even when we are not aware of them, even when we do not feel them or are convinced that we can exclude them from our experiences.
Emotions give us precious, sometimes indispensable information about what is best for us, about the best choices we can make, about how to behave.
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