The Myth of Mind Over Matter

Emotion is necessary. There are reasons we get angry or withdraw when we feel ignored, disrespected or unimportant. As a counselor, my goal is to normalize feelings in order to understand what is often misrepresented in moments of anger or silence. As this article by Hilary Jacobs Hendel keenly points out, “experiencing emotions can be painful, uncomfortable, and sometimes downright scary. But, avoiding emotions is detrimental to health and well-being. Does that mean we all need to wear our hearts on our sleeves? No! But we do need a new way to think about emotions and it begins with learning more about them.”

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