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Visions Journal

Responding to Feelings

PDF | EPUB | Vol. 16, No. 4 (2021)

Emotions are part of being human, but at times emotions can be strong, overwhelming, or feel out of control. Many of us are much better at noticing negative or hurtful emotions rather than good or positive emotions. Some of us grow up in homes or environments that make us feel like we have to keep our true feelings hidden. And difficult life experiences like trauma can encourage us to push down or ignore painful feelings so we don’t have to confront them. All of these and more can have a major impact on mental health and well-being, but learning to manage emotions can put you in control. In this issue, you can explore many different formal and informal approaches to work through and manage feelings, including different psychotherapies. You’ll also find easy strategies to try at home the next time you start to feel overwhelmed with an emotion.

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