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Self-Validation: Accepting your Emotions

I’ve worked with many individuals who in different ways and for different reasons, did not like their feelings and would constantly attempt to avoid, ignore, or change them. These strategies never worked (in the long term), because we cannot rid ourselves of our emotions. Emotions are like an inborn GPS system - instead of longitude and latitude, emotions tell us what we find meaningful - what we care about, love, like, hate, fear, believe in, value. Emotions tell us where we are and where we are going in our world. Emotions are embedded in our bodies, our nervous system, our culture, our humanity. We can’t get rid of them. And yet it is possible for individuals to develop negative attitudes

 

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