Just some thoughts after reading about someone’s deep emotional pain as a response to overwhelming abuse.
Strong feelings don’t mean you are crazy.
Strong feelings don’t mean you are out of control.
Strong feelings result from intense experiences which overwhelmed you and which your soul intuitively rebelled against.
Strong feelings don’t make you ‘bad’.
Strong feelings are an indication that you may be getting very close to painful or intense realities or abuse that you endured.
Expect that when you have strong feelings that there are those out there who may not understand, who may try to invalidate you or shut you down, you don’t have to like it, and its likely it will anger you as well.
From my own experience strong feelings come out of a passionate response. Often those who have them are judged or misunderstood. A chiropractor who I sometimes see to help with my own intense body symptoms told me recently how what I choose to call ‘terminal coolness’ is a sad sort of social standard these days. To be judged as ‘cool’ your responses need to be tempered and laid back but what is more likely is that you are just emotionally shut down.
Unfortunately shame is still very pervasive in our society. Its used to keep people in line, to judge them and label them and put them in boxes. It helps to bolster the egos of those who lay claim to the moral high ground and may rain down platitudes on your head that make no sense.
I personally now believe in trusting my strong feelings. There was a time when I really needed to act them out and they were super intense due to a lifetime of being mocked, judged, invalidated and stuffed down deep inside. Over time my strong feelings have become less intense but I still say a silent ‘yes’ and feel an inner leap of joy when I see or hear someone express strong feelings that come deep out of their emotional core, for that person is then well on their way to healing, they have begun to be able to acknowledge painful emotional truths and their freedom and right to self expression has no longer been stolen. The right to protest is so often taken from us in abuse. And to heal it needs to be validated and valued.