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Feeling okay about feeling bad is good for your mental health

September 14, 2017

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Dr. David Topor is a clinical psychologist, and the associate director for healthcare professional education at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. See Full Bio
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Neha Bhatt
November 7, 2017

In yoga, when you sit to meditate and all the thoughts pour into your head while you are trying to focus is a great time for these repressed negative emotions to come to surface and being mindful (being preset in the moment) is like acknowledging these emotions and letting them pass you so that you can let them free them from being inside bringing to a calmer state of mind. This practice has been in place already in yoga or spiritual practices in many cultures. But seeing this from scientific perspective only validates what has been in practice.

Lisa Butler
October 12, 2017

This is the most awesome and great post has ever been read. It is all about negative emotion and guilty, an individual going through and facing in his life which can lead him to the dark sight. Negative thoughts and emotions generally arise when a person had gone through something really bad and uncertain in his or her life. It continuously struck the mind of that person and makes him or her completely disappointed. We should fight against the depression by facing it not by getting frustrated because of it. A person should also stay away from the environment in which he or she is undergoing through depression. Depression is the sigh of helplessness. Repression can be considered as a link to depression. Thus, one should find out how to be repressed by doing certain kind of activities to assure that depression will be totally vanished by doing so. The effect of depression has to be lowered down completely. A person can start meditation, yoga, various types of exercises and many such attempts to get rid of it totally. But, sometimes people are unable to lower down their level of anxiety and depression, in such cases, they can refer a psychic and undergo a psychic session once. Psychics possess an effective way how to fight from the depression and sorrows of a person’s life They can also have various other techniques and future prediction capabilities. This can help a person in various different ways.

Jennifer Koro
October 9, 2017

This reminds me of the kind of therapy in which you are asked to be aware of your negative emotions, their effect on your body, then accept them, and then try to let go of them.

Claudia Biegel
October 9, 2017

I know that accepting is very important but I find it almost impossible to accept a negative emotion when I think it is not appopriate. Like feeling bored on a holiday or feeling anger towards somebody you like and you don’t know why you feel that. Are there more people struggeling with this?

Beata Lewis MD
October 5, 2017

Yes, I totally agree with you. We should accept our condition instead of running from it. Everything can be cured nowadays. Very informative post.
Thanks for sharing!

Julian Maynard
September 19, 2017

Distinguishing and comparing between accepting ones own emotions and thoughts and that of others would be helpful. Also, revealing what accepting ones emotions and thoughts actively looks like for readers’ identification with or measuring against would be helpful. Perhaps doing the same in contrast for judging would also enhance the practical value of an already good article. Thank you!

October 19, 2017

You make very good points.

Nebat Obadia Lugo
September 19, 2017

I really appreciate what has been done i can sense this reality now because for situations that have had occurred to me which are in nature stressful in some states i found my self pretending and later on i experience the feeling of regretting and a sense of loss which reduce my efficiency of thing during my studies……..on the other hand when i have this attitude of not pretending automatically i always feel comfortable and relax…….thanks alots!

nyamu james
September 19, 2017

Accepting the situation as they are and doing what you like best suppress anxiety and way.

September 19, 2017

Repression is a link to depression. Express yourself. Find an alternate activity. Contemplate your navel, have an indulgence…pop corn, paint your nails, get a’ll distance yourself from the source of the psychological upset and find a better mental mindset. Namaste

Gini Paulsen
September 18, 2017

I respond to anxiety by addressing the source of that, and then also by reading. Marin Seligman described depression as “learned helplessness”, a situation in which we cannot change something that is causing us to be down. I tend to offset depression by some pleasurable activity (e.g., making jewelry.) And also by getting out of the specific environment in which I am feeling depressed (i.e., a hike).

Shirley Anstis
September 17, 2017

Accepting is better than pretending for sure and it’s good to have a study to cite for anyone who needs convincing. Thank you.

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