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.
Letter from the Editor: What Are Emotions?August 1, 2013by Becky Castle MillerWhat are emotions? How can we experience them in healthy ways? This issue of Wyn Magazine takes a look at universal human feelings.
What to Do When You Can’t Cope with Your FeelingsAugust 2, 2013by Kristen KansiewiczWhen you feel overwhelmed by your emotions, you can ignore them, dull them, or learn to cope with your feelings in healthy ways. Includes free worksheet.
Thinking vs. Feeling: Logic and Emotion in Decision MakingAugust 4, 2013by Amy Jane HelmericksAre thinking and feeling opposites, unable to go together? Or can we equally use both logic and emotion in decision making? The classic heart vs. brain.
(Fangirl Therapy) The Eyes Don’t Lie: Using Your Body Language To Understand Your EmotionsAugust 7, 2013by Becky Castle MillerReading body language and microexpressions can give you an advantage in your interactions with other people...and in understanding yourself.
HappinessAugust 9, 2013by Jennifer Killi MarshallI had always found happiness in reaching the goals I set for myself. When bipolar I disorder interrupted my work life, I had to find a new way to be happy.
(Life & Fiction) Sadness: Grieving Through FictionAugust 11, 2013by Amy Jane HelmericksNot-crying during movies was once a matter of pride with me. I didn’t remember I’d come to this anti-sadness mindset because of a traumatic event.
Disgust and ContemptAugust 16, 2013by Becky Castle MillerWhat is the difference between disgust and contempt, and what do healthy expressions of these emotions look and feel like?
AngerAugust 20, 2013by Nichole L. NelsonUnlike Betty in Mad Men, I stuck with counseling and learned some valuable techniques for dealing with anger in healthy ways before I explode.
FearAugust 22, 2013by Evita GahaganHow can we respond to fear in healthy ways? I learned a lot about acting courageously in the face of fear at my five-year-old daughter's swimming lesson.
ShameAugust 24, 2013by Jen SparksShame. My ears pounded. I wanted to throw up. I had horror and indignation and tears and snot I could not control running down my face.
Words Are Powerful, But Sometimes They Aren’t EnoughAugust 26, 2013by Amy Jane Helmericks“Mommy, can you give me words for my emotions?” she asked. “Try on your own, at first,” I said, my voice tight with keeping such a grip on my tension.
Feel Trapped by Your Emotions? Here Are Five Steps to Break Free.August 28, 2013by Kristen KansiewiczThere are 5 key areas to emotional health, and “TRAPS” can get us stuck: Thinking, Relationships, Addictions, Past, and Self-Care.
(Book Review) Joy and Tears by Gerald W. PetermanAugust 29, 2013by Joanna Holman
(Book Review) Healing for Damaged Emotions by David A. SeamandsAugust 30, 2013by Amy Jane Helmericks
Is It Bad for Christians to Feel Bad?August 31, 2013by Joanna HolmanWestern Christian culture has a special fondness for positivity and a suspicious unease about "negative" emotions. But does this actually reflect the Bible?