Viewing all Emotions in a Positive Light
In this interesting study, beliefs about emotions, depression, anxiety and fatigue were explored.
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.