Viewing all Emotions in a Positive Light

In this interesting study, beliefs about emotions, depression, anxiety and fatigue were explored.

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Emotions are energy in emotion and are there to tell a story about what is important to us in our lives. There are no 'bad' emotions - all emotions serve a very important purpose, a purpose that is likely to be thwarted if we suppress or deny ourselves of their expression.

Unfortunately, some emotions (such as sadness and anger) are too-often viewed as being 'negative' and are, therefore, squashed and hidden away. Since emotions are linked to a specific flow of peptides in our bodies, the suppression of our emotions can have both physical and psychological ramifications.

In this interesting study, beliefs about emotions, depression, anxiety and fatigue were explored. This study investigated two hypotheses: a) greater endorsement of beliefs about the unacceptability of negative emotions will be associated with greater emotional avoidance and lower levels of support-seeking and self-compassion; b) these beliefs about emotions will be associated with higher levels of symptoms of depression, anxiety and fatigue and that this relationship will be mediated by social support-seeking, emotional avoidance and self-compassion.

Unsurprisingly, beliefs about the unacceptability of negative emotions were significantly associated with more emotional avoidance and less self-compassion and support-seeking. When we deem our emotions unacceptable, we tend to become avoidant both internally and with others. When we acknowledge our emotions and embrace them as acceptable and important facets of who we are, we are more likely to heed their messages and move beyond them without pain and isolation.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS