AMR Therapy | Online Video Therapy


Feeling All The Feels

There are six primary emotions that are experienced all over the world. They are: mad, sad, scared, joyful, powerful and peaceful.  Depending on what household and family you were raised in, these feelings may or may not have been acceptable to feel.  According to research, human beings tend have certain attitudes about emotions.  People may be uncomfortable with some emotions and when someone expresses one of these emotions, it may be looked down upon in turn preventing the individual from healthy expression.

A neutral and helpful way to deal with emotions is to think of them as all valuable. An emotion is indicator to the challenges and joys in our lives. We notice when something is bothering us and can use that knowledge resolve the issue.  The earlier we can detect and understand an emotion, the better and more quickly it can be resolved.

Being able to recognize emotions and regulate them begins with accepting them and not stuffing them down. When we push our emotions down and ignore our needs, we are at a greater risk of developing unhelpful coping mechanisms such as drug and alcohol use, eating disorders and aggressive behavior.   All feelings are useful, even anger and sadness.  Without experiencing those emotions, we would not fully understand their opposite emotions which are powerful and joyful.

To identify your primary and secondary emotions, download this printable Feelings Wheel by Gloria Wilcox at this link: . You can work with your therapist to express and explore challenging emotions. Your therapy sessions should be a safe place for you to practice communicating your emotions in a healthy way, then it will be easier for you to do so in your daily life.

“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.”

– Roger Ebert

Related Posts

Transforming Insecurity from Childhood Trauma

Transforming Insecurity from Childhood Trauma           6 weeks ago I took a major leap of faith and joined a therapy group for women of color with a focus on childhood trauma and insecurity. I’ve been in and out of individual therapy

Read More

Housing Insecurity & Mental Health

Housing Insecurity & Mental Health           When I was entering my 2nd year of college, my parents decided to sell the home that our family lived in for 12 years. It was the longest running family residence we had in the

Read More

Understanding Gender Fluidity

Understanding Gender Fluidity Our understanding of “reality” is formed by consensus models, agreements, and traditions, but many such models contain internal contradictions or irreconcilable, opposing variables. Such a model is also seen in human sexuality, as it is still common for people to understand sexual

Read More

Peer Counseling for Queer Men with AMR Therapy

Peer Counseling for Queer Men with AMR Therapy What is peer counseling and why is it particularly important for queer men? Queer men are always operating along a behavioral and emotional spectrum: Am I different? How am I different? Why am I different? These questions

Read More

How to Handle Bad News in 3 Steps

How to Handle Bad News in 3 Steps   Whether it is through a phone call, text message, or social media, receiving unexpected bad news can come at us like a freight train.  Whether it’s a friend or family member who is sick or something

Read More