Some of our feelings come suddenly, out of the depths of our psyche we may not know well at all – and perhaps not want to uncover.
Some kinds of emotion can be disrupting, interfere with our lives and creative work, even lead to suicide – but should we always rush to medicate or otherwise counteract so-called negative emotions?
We may be healthier and more productive dealing with some of these emotions – using counseling, medication, spiritual retreats, personal growth books – whatever works for you. But presuming they may just “go away” can be self-limiting.
Psychologist Eric Maisel warns, “Only a small percentage of creative people work as often or as deeply as, by all rights, they might be expected to work. What stops them? Anxiety or some face of anxiety like doubt, worry, or fear.”
From my article, which provides a number of perspectives by other psychologists and artists: Living and Creating: Fear Is Not A Disease.
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In his article Positive Psychology Includes Negative Emotions, Dave Shearon, writing for Positive Psychology News, comments:
“Recently, I was teaching ‘Detecting Icebergs’, one of the resilience skills described in The Resilience Factor.
“I mentioned the importance of using personal examples whenever possible and gave a quick example of a personal iceberg I had uncovered.
“I mentioned that my anger surprised and puzzled me until I uncovered the deeper value that was being triggered by the situation… the point was not to rid myself of the emotion, but to understand where it came from and to be able to regulate my actions.”
Happiness always good?
In her article The Downside of Happiness, Karyn Hall, writes:
“Researchers have found that people who are feeling extreme amounts of happiness may not think as creatively…
“Happiness can interfere with your success. One way this happens is that happens is that people who are happy tend to be less detail oriented.”
Karyn Hall, PhD is author of The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You.
> Read more quotes in articles section of Emotional Health Resources
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Tolerating painful emotions
“Adults with a strong ability to tolerate the presence of negative emotions (high distress tolerance) and a willingness to experience fear openly without worry about what these thoughts and sensations mean (low anxiety sensitivity) only had a 3% chance of meeting criteria for a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder.
From article: A Secret Weapon in Preventing Anxiety and Depression by Todd B. Kashdan.
“Every emotion is useful. Even the ones we think of as negative, including the painful ones.”
From book: The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self — Not Just Your “Good” Self — Drives Success and Fulfillment by Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener.
> See review of this title in the books section of Emotional Health Resources.
Related book co-edited by Todd B. Kashdan: Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being.
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Article: Is Anxiety Really a Gift? by Sherianna Boyle, MEd, CAGS.
“The truth is the actual symptoms itself may not be a gift, however the experience of the symptoms are. It turns out thoughts and emotions are made up of energy…This information has been scientifically tested and validated by scientists and clinicians such as Dr. David Hawkins.
“This information allows us to approach, interpret and treat the symptoms of anxiety in a new way. Rather than attempt to beat, cure, prevent or control the symptoms the focus becomes on learning how to convert lower vibrational emotions into higher ones…”
There’s No Such Thing As Negative Emotion – interview with writer Daniel Stacy Barron
[How do you define an ‘emotively mature’ person?]
“An emotively mature person has deconstructed the compensatory inauthentic version of their human selfhood, the default state of all human beings prior to the attainment of emotional maturity.
“This inauthentic version is replaced with an emotively authentic seat of consciousness we were all conditioned out of by insufficient parenting, cultural and religious biases, and other forms of human distortion intrinsic to a world almost wholly populated by emotively immature and inauthentic human beings…”
Daniel Barron book: There’s No Such Thing as Negative Emotion.
Related site with interviews of Barron and others: Bright Age Conversations – Articles & videos bringing a new era of exploring humanity and spirituality from the foundation of emotion as essence.
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Article publié pour la première fois le 29/12/2014