The emotions walking the line

A common response to living with anxiety and fear is worry. Worry is a fear-based attempt to control the future. Persistent lifestyle patterns of worry create increased levels of anxiety and fear.

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Emotions are an ignored reality in much of the Evangelical Church, but it is not so in the Bible. Within the Bible’s pages the Trinity manifests a rich emotionality.

At times, emotions can be uncomfortable, even scary. However, you should know that there is nothing inherently “wrong” with any kind of emotion. [1] Controlling your emotions doesn't mean ignoring or repressing them. Controlling your emotions means learning to process them and respond to them in healthy, helpful ways. Think of this process as “regulating” your emotions, just as you would a thermostat. [2] [3] In addition to helping you feel more stable, learning to control your emotions can even improve your physical health! [4]

How does your own routine serve to limit the kinds of emotions and feelings you have?  Are you a creature of habit?  Sometimes repetitive ways of doing things allow us to know (or believe we can know) what we’ll feel in advance.  Who of us really likes the shock of unexpected feeling?  It might be a wonderful surprise if the Publisher’s Clearing House guy showed up at my door, telling me I’d won the sweepstakes, but I hate late-night phone calls that mean bad news, death or a serious accident.

Emotional expressions provide information about the nature of the relationships among interactants. Some of the most important and provocative set of findings in this area come from studies involving married couples ( Gottman & Levenson, 1992 ; Gottman, Levenson, & Woodin, 2001 ). In this research, married couples visited a laboratory after having not seen each other for 24 hours, and then engaged in intimate conversations about daily events or issues of conflict. Discrete expressions of contempt, especially by the men, and disgust, especially by the women, predicted later marital dissatisfaction and even divorce.

When I found out that Santa Claus wasn't real, I was so disappointed that all of the presents really came from my parents and not the North Pole.

Emotions are not the only cause of illness.  Little babies and young children get ill, and not always because of their emotional issues.  There are many causes of illness including emotions, but they are not the sole cause of illness. 

This version of How to Stop Absorbing Other People's Emotions was reviewed by Trudi Griffin, LPC on September 19, 2017.

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