Adult Children Of Alcoholics are overwhelmed by them.
Addicts and Alcoholics can’t stand them.
And people in abusive relationships are afraid to deal with them.
Have any idea what I’m talking about?
Well, I’m talking about emotions.
And not just any old emotions but the ones that get labeled as “bad.” Like sadness, anger, rage, grief, depression, anxiety, stress, and worthlessness.
We’re talking about emotions that can easily interfere with the quality of our lives, relationships, careers and decision making.
As an adult child of several alcoholics, I’m always seeking out new ways to understand, respect and process my emotions.
If this sounds like you, you’re going to love today’s post.
Allow me to introduce you to Harvard psychologist, researcher, and author, Susan David. In her Ted Talk titled, The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage, Susan shares how the death of her father motivated her to understand better and respect all of her emotions. Even the ones that caused her enormous pain and confusion.
*Challenges the conventional idea of feelings being either “good” or “bad”
* Shares her definition of emotional agility and the toxicity of emotional rigidity
* Explains how to figure out whether or not you have “dead people goals.”
* Exposes how our relentless pursuit of positivity does more harm than good
* Emphasizes when it comes to our emotions and understanding our emotional landscapes we have to be willing to “write like nobody’s reading”
Susan’s talk was a total eye-opener for me, and once you’ve had a chance to check it out, jump in the comments and share any insights or maybe one A-HA moment you had while watching or after.
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Until next Tuesday,