Category Archives: The Emotional System

Access Emotion through Free-association Writing

At times when something emotional is bubbling up inside but you can’t identify exactly what it is and what it means, try

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Happiness and Love, What’s the Difference?

Happiness and love have much in common but they are not the same emotion. One way to understand the difference between the two is to think of love as personal, happiness as impersonal. The feeling of love for someone you love is personal. You feel an intimate connection at a deep level. You feel that connection also if […]

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The Beauty of Sadness

Nobody likes feeling sad. But avoiding such moments would cause you to miss some of life’s greatest beauty. Sad moments enrich

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The Bitch and Moan Club

Most every group has at least  few of them. They always find something to complain about. No matter how good a situation appears to be,

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Campaign: What’s Different This Time

Political campaigns have for years been full of negative advertising and personal attacks. That’s normal.  What I’m seeing for the first time this year is a growing resentment among the electorate

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Deep Happiness vs. Momentary Happiness

Everybody is happy sometimes. But relatively few of us are happy to the core on an ongoing basis. What adjustments do we need to make?

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Phony Promises of Happiness

Do you get fed up with messages that hold out a promise of finding true happiness? I sure do. I especially object to those that claim a unique pathway to happiness

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Feeling Blah

Some feelings are clear. You can identify easily the sensation of being angry or scared or deeply in love. But what about those blah days when you feel a general unease

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A Hole in Your Life

Loss can feel like a giant hole. Part of your life, such as a job or a person you’ve cared about, is suddenly gone. Even if you’ve had mixed feelings or you knew that relationship was going to end, it can still feel

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How to Deal With Unexpected Emotion

When a student at her college died suddenly, my daughter called in dismay. In conversation it became clear that the shock was so great, she did not know how to feel. Has this ever happened to you?

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