Understanding, accepting and trusting your feelings

If you suffer from childhood emotional neglect understanding and trusting your emotions is difficult. This post distills some information on the subject from Jonice Webb’s book that I referred to my post yesterday on being unseen. Hope its helpful to new followers.

Emerging From The Dark Night

The following excerpt from Jonice Webb’s book Running on Empty : Overcoming Your Childhood Emotional Neglect may help you if you struggle with emotions.  I know in my own life a lot of problems were caused by not understanding nor fully accepting or trusting my own feelings.   An education in a Catholic school taught me certain emotions were really bad, such as anger.  Ideally in childhood we should be helped to understand and identify our emotions so we can use the information they give us and respond wisely, but if we were emotionally neglected we never got to build these skills.    I hope this excerpt may be of help to others who struggle with understanding and accepting their emotions.

If you were emotionally neglected, chances are you have difficulty with accepting and trusting your feelings.  Some emotionally neglected people are completely unaware of the existence of emotions.  Others…

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"The religious naturalist is provisioned with tales of natural emergence that are, to my mind, far more magical than traditional miracles. Emergence is inherent in everything that is alive, allowing our yearning for supernatural miracles to be subsumed by our joy in the countless miracles that surround us." Ursula Goodenough How to describe oneself? People are a mystery and there is so much more to us than just our particular experiences or occupations. I could write down a list of attributes and they still might not paint a complete picture pf Deborah Louise and in any case it would not be the full truth of me. I would say that my purpose here on Wordpress is to express some of my random experiences, thoughts and feelings, to share about my particular journey and explore some subjects dear to my heart, such as emotional recovery, healing and astrology while posting up some of the prose/poems which are an outgrowth of my labours with life, love and relationships. If anything I write touches you I would be so pleased to hear for the purpose of reaching out and expressung ourselves is hopefully to connect with each other and find where our souls meet.

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5 thoughts on “Understanding, accepting and trusting your feelings”

  1. So helpful. Emotional neglect, whether passive or purposeful, is something we don’t openly discuss or acknowledge but is so painful. I actually did some research on this today, found a lame quiz by a so called ‘professional’. Your post has more heart and understanding. ❤️


    1. Thanks so much for that E. A lot of it comes from Jonice Webbs book which personally shone a light on my entire childhood when I read it, benign neglect’s effects can be so invisible and we end up blaming ourselves and feeling we are flawed due to not getting the necessary help with identifying emotions and understanding needs. I hope this will help others as much as it did me. That’s my purpose in reblogging. ❤

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      1. So wild. As I was reading your post yesterday I thought it sounded familiar. Ties out I had found Jonice’s website yesterday and taken the CEN quiz! Talk about serendipity. It was very helpful. Thanks again for sharing this. ❤️

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