Learn to Love Your Emotions and What They Can Do for You

By Milby, Ellie | Manchester Evening News, August 13, 2019 | Go to article overview

Learn to Love Your Emotions and What They Can Do for You


Milby, Ellie, Manchester Evening News


THERE are many myths about our emotions but two in particular that bother me.

Firstly, the idea that emotions are either good (eg. love, happiness) or bad (eg. anger, sadness and guilt). Secondly, the idea that it is better to be more rational than emotional.

I can understand how these myths have come about. It's not surprising that painful emotions are labelled bad, for example, or that reason is more highly valued by people who find emotions confusing or harmful.

However, these myths can perpetuate the idea that we should avoid aspects of our emotional experience, suppress them or ignore them completely. In my experience, these are rarely effective strategies and they can cause more harm than good.

Learning to love our emotions is the key to understanding and managing our emotions effectively.

By love, I mean being curious about our emotions, accepting of our emotions when they arise and respectful of the many important functions that they serve.

Ultimately, we need our emotions to survive. If we didn't experience fear, then we wouldn't bother getting out of harm's way.

If we didn't experience love, then we wouldn't bother taking care of our children.

We also need our emotions in order to thrive. Envy can spur us on to better ourselves, guilt to repair our relationships and anger to fight injustice. …

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