August 2013

Emotions

In this issue, we’re going to talk about Emotions and how to handle them in healthy ways. The main point I hope to communicate to you is that your emotions are neither good nor bad…they just ARE.

I and many of my friends somehow learned as kids that emotions themselves can be bad. We came to understand, then, that our feelings should be tightly controlled and resisted, especially “negative” emotions like anger and sadness. Now I realize this perspective is untrue and damaging. Our reactions to our emotions can be healthy or unhealthy, but emotions themselves are morally neutral.

Learning to freely experience our emotions is a vital part of human development. So is learning to wisely choose our resulting actions. We’ll explore both of those ideas in this issue.

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