Another excellent blog on a subject dear to my heart.
What are feelings? What purpose do they serve?
A while ago I came across this chart which attempts to give the function of feelings. I find it interesting and insightful, a good place to start if you’re experiencing a feeling which is considered negative and would like a more balanced view of it, to know that it also has a positive side to it.
The attitude that certain feelings are only bad or negative has always bothered me.
It bothered me as a child because it made life confusing for me. Feelings became a source of endless paradoxes, and those paradoxes became a source of difficult feelings, anxiety, fear, frustration, then sadness, then anger, then guilt. One leading to another with no seeming outlet or solution.
Over and over again my feelings were labelled and boxed by others. Mostly the message which I received was that my feelings were all…
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