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Complaining and venting

Complaining and venting

Social connection means sharing both positive and negative emotions. During a crisis, we can get comfort in sharing our fears and receive objective feedback.

However, we have to consider if the end of a conversation results in feeling less worried or sad or are both parties emotionally exhausted and feeling worse.

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Venting should not become a habit as it won't fix the problem. When to stop negative emotions:

  • When venting becomes the main coping style cause delays in adaptive action.
  • When sharing with others stresses them.
  • When you don't feel better, and one or...

Venting our fears and concerns with others can reduce their intensity. Others may provide support and care and soother our negative feelings. We can do the same in turn for them.

We learn we are not alone and may learn how others cope with their frustration and fear, which...

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