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Healthy Ways to Physically Express Negative Emotions

Asking for a friend: what are some good, healthy ways for an adult to physically express their upsetting feelings? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jul 11, 2014 - 35 answers

How do you keep your calm when everyone around you is manic?

I work in an office that is highly vulnerable to stress and panic. At the same time, I do my best work when I can focus, exclude distractions and prioritize. How can I keep the tendency to join the panic wagon at bay? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

What turns emotional distress into real physical illness?

I've read that for everyone emotional distress can lower immune function, but it seems that certain people are more susceptible to falling into illness when in distress. I feel I am one of those people. What makes some people more susceptible to this transfer from the emotional to the physical than others? [more inside]
posted by manderin on Jul 4, 2014 - 19 answers

MeFiting

I'm trying to learn more about the phenomenon of meta-fighting between romantic partners. I don't know if there's a better term for it, but what I mean is when a heated dispute becomes less about the original subject matter, and more about the way in which the current dispute is being conducted. For example, you might criticize me for fighting dirty: using a sharper tone than necessary, being mean, reopening old wounds, trying to change the subject, etc. Are there any psychology or self-help books that deal a lot with the dynamics of fighting/arguing/bickering that might discuss this phenomenon in particular? (Bonus for examples of this in movies or books.)
posted by Beardman on May 23, 2014 - 22 answers

I don't know if I like the person I'm becoming.

I've felt a change in my personality and how I handle things lately, and it's making me uneasy. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on May 7, 2014 - 15 answers

Staying effective despite caregiver stress

Can any caregivers here offer tips on managing bandwidth (time and emotions)? Looking specifically for practical tricks/hacks to quickly switch mood states when time allocated to productive work is interrupted by big and small worries. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Mar 24, 2014 - 13 answers

If I could just care less about my work, I'd do a better job.

I'm the kind of person who gets worried enough they'll do their work not well, or make a mistake, that they end up either not starting or working too slowly and filled with dread. Last week, I had to work late on a project. I had two beers in the process, found I cared less about the anxiety and dread and perfectionism, and just did a better, less stressful job. I want to do this without drinking. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Mar 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Can You Help Find the Missing Pieces in These Playlists?

I know there are songs I want on these playlists that I'm not remembering, and I'm constantly aware that I have blind spots that may be robbing me of perfect songs. Can you help me attack either issue by looking over one or both playlists then suggesting songs to add? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Feb 25, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I process my emotions when I'm bound by confidentiality rules?

How do I process my emotions when I am bound by confidentiality rules and can't talk with anyone about what happened? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2014 - 26 answers

Why Am I So Ok After Breaking Up with Someone I Loved?

On Tuesday, I broke up with my long-term boyfriend. I was devastated Tuesday and Wednesday, now I feel pretty ok. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Tall Telephone Pea on Jan 31, 2014 - 23 answers

How to manage emotions when teaching

How do you keep yourself from getting too emotionally invested in your students and your teaching? My day can be made or destroyed by my students and the extent to which this happens makes me uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by sarae on Dec 31, 2013 - 17 answers

The Memory of Love (no, not the book)

I can't remember my emotions. I can't remember being in love, for example. I have an intellectual memory of the fact that I was once in love, but I can't recall the feeling anymore like I was able to a year ago. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Dec 6, 2013 - 12 answers

flipped out!

How do I get better at not ignoring all the positive emotional work I've done when suddenly being triggered in a high-stress low-functioning situation? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Why do I have strong emotional reactions to smell and music but not art?

Why is it that people have super-strong reactions to different types of sensory stimulants? Do you have any tales of experiencing strong reactions to visual art as opposed to sounds and smells? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Sep 26, 2013 - 33 answers

Fun ideas for a workshop on emotions?

Help me design a workshop about emotions, self-awareness, and coping strategies for 50 queer youth! [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Aug 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Therapy for trauma: more trouble than it's worth?

I need to decide whether it's worth the trouble for me to go to therapy. I am fortunate to be able to afford it financially, but in terms of time and emotional energy, I am not so sure. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Aug 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Would this be a deal breaker for you?

If you were a passenger in a car your partner was driving, and the two of you got into an argument, and your partner punched the steering wheel to express their frustration while going 65mph in multi-lane interstate traffic, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by macinchik on Jul 30, 2013 - 58 answers

I'm looking for videos that induce frisson and make you want to explore.

I'm making a list of videos that create a very particular kind of frisson: the feeling that the world is a big place filled with experiences to have and explorations to take part in. Have some good examples inside - would love more. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Jealousy over the ignorance of others

I'm a very deliberate, risk-averse individual when it comes to big decisions. I make pro/con lists and spend days researching topics only to be stifled with indecision when I think the future is unpredictable. I see people who make the same decision easily, but when I question them about it, it's clear they haven't even thought about any of the factors I did. They seem to be blissfully ignorant over the possible ramifications of their decisions, and in some ways I am jealous that they can go through life so easily. Does this feeling have a name, and how can I get over it? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Jul 25, 2013 - 41 answers

Physics and Emotions (No New-Age Stuff, Please!)

I need to research physics and emotions in a way that is actually scientific, but most of what I've found while googling is new age stuff. One specific question I have is this: do emotions have wavelengths in any sense of the word? Or other quantitative properties? I would be interested in any general information on the subject as well, especially as it pertains to grief/loss. Book recs, articles, info from your personal knowledge are all welcome. Thanks!
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 1, 2013 - 27 answers

How can I break up with food?

Food is nourishment and a source of pleasure for everyone I know. For me, food is those things as well as being deeply, unhealthily tied to emotional satisfaction, happiness, self-love, etc. How can I stop having food be an emotional crutch? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Springtime Can Be Challenging

Livin' life as a person who is prone to mood swings and emotional disturbance. Springtime is a tough time for me in this regard. I understand that I'm not alone. What do you do to keep stable when the weather is changing every day? [more inside]
posted by andhowever on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Perspective/emotions on a situation changed? Self, self-help, fiction?

Have you felt one way that was impotent or powerless, but now you feel calm and empowered? And the only thing that changed was you? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 3, 2013 - 16 answers

I'm safe and happy and loved! Why is that so hard?

I'm finally in a safe place for the first time since my early childhood. And I feel like I'm… emotionally detoxing? Please help me understand what's going on. [more inside]
posted by blue_and_bronze on Mar 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Getting emotional in the gym. WTF is going on?

Why am I getting emotional during workouts? Has this ever happened to you. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Mar 27, 2013 - 30 answers

How to release suppressed emotions? I need to express my sadness.

My ex-boyfriend recently broke up with me. I am normally a very emotional person but I feel... nothing. I would like some advice about how to release my bottled-up emotions over this. [more inside]
posted by sock puppetron on wheels on Feb 2, 2013 - 24 answers

How likely is it that cockroaches feel fear?

From Googling it seems to be unknown as to whether or not cockroaches are exhibiting fear when confronted or some more basic instinct. Even if it's not 100% known, is there strong evidence either way? [more inside]
posted by Danila on Feb 1, 2013 - 18 answers

"Dogs' lives are too short... Their only fault, really."

I love my dog. Every once in a while, I feel utterly heartbroken that I will most likely outlive him. While it doesn't happen often and it's not overwhelming, and I realize that it is perfectly natural to be sad about something like that, can you give me advice about how to turn these thoughts into something positive? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jan 7, 2013 - 42 answers

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Human Feelings

I am looking for books that will introduce basic emotional literacy concepts to an adult. An adult with strong tendencies toward avoidant, anti-social, narcissistic, and paranoid behavior. No, I'm not using those terms lightly. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Dec 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me construct a syllabus for "Talking to People 101"?

If I want to study conversation -- how people talk, what they look like when they're talking, why people talk in certain situations, how to get better at talking -- what are the classics? What has helped you? [more inside]
posted by insteadofapricots on Nov 7, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I argue more civilly?

How can I argue more civilly? [more inside]
posted by pandorasbox on Oct 18, 2012 - 21 answers

How to deal with emotions about past abuse?

What is the best way to get through/past/over the rush of emotions that come up when I think about abuse that happened to me in my adolescence? Also, how to deal with ambivalent feelings towards a relative who treated you badly in the past? Are there any books about this, fiction or non-fiction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Happiness, you confuse me

How do I deal with happiness during the bad times when I find it confusing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2012 - 7 answers

What is this craziness about?

I am a woman and I have been friends with a guy for about a year now, and I'm about to pull my hair out. How do I deal with someone that I don't know where their head is at? Is it me? Is it him? What the hell do I do with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2012 - 42 answers

Why is my ex girlfriend acting this way?

Help me understand my ex girlfriend's recent behavior. VERY LONG [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 26, 2012 - 43 answers

*BEEP*---*BOOP*---*I LOVE YOU*---*BEEP*

What can I do to make my geographically-distant fiancee feel more emotionally close to me? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Waking up from emotional slumber

For most of my life I've been a bit of a cold self-interest-maximizing unfeeling robot. Lately I am feeling things and it's amazing. But it's hard to manage this and make sense of it. Has anyone been there? [more inside]
posted by anybodys on Jul 18, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I best support my father through a tough breakup?

How can I support my father through what's likely to be a really painful breakup? What support do you wish you had, or were you grateful to have, from your adult children while going through divorce? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Jun 25, 2012 - 6 answers

She's Leaving Home Bye Bye

It's my kids's (only child) last nite in high school and I'm feeling sad (which is a rare feeling for me to have). What can I do to cheer up or should I just sit with it? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 11, 2012 - 15 answers

How to stop pushing emotion away

I don't go to movies all that often. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I get really caught up in them emotionally. I've always been quite sensitive and I find emotions to have an uncomfortable physical quality to them. So, when I go to the movies, a lot of my effort goes into clamping down on what I feel. I was so excited during the Avengers fight scenes that I am shaking trying to control myself. My question: Anyone experience this? How do you let go?
posted by tcv on May 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me help my marriage

My wife of 14 years never tells me she loves me. She never initiates sex. She never holds my hand, kisses or casually touches me. No pillow talk. No thoughtful little gifts. I do all of these things for her as often as I can. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2012 - 43 answers

How to Handle the Hormones

Emotional cheating vs. Real Life cheating (with prostitutes!) or how to handle hormones... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 71 answers

How do I prevent myself from taking things too seriously?

How do I prevent myself from taking things too seriously? [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy on Apr 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Eye on the prize.

How to get back into a productive headspace after business legal issues. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on Mar 27, 2012 - 3 answers

How do you figure out feelings?

I'm having a lot of trouble identifying the emotions I'm feeling and why. What techniques can I use to work through this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2012 - 16 answers

What is Real Life, non-Hollywood romance?

Please explain romance to an asexual aromantic who's wobbling on the romantic identification. What's the difference between romance and friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Emotions Anonymous - Useful or Creepy?

Is Emotions Anonymous really as culty as it seems to be? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 27, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I break jealous thought patterns?

Ex-girlfriend jealousy, my-own-brain-originating-type. How do I break jealous thought patterns? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Dec 16, 2011 - 17 answers

Toto, how do we get back to Kansas?

What is it like to have a home to go back to? How do you cope if you don't have one? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Nov 18, 2011 - 42 answers

How do you manage sparklessness?

How do you, um, tell if you're attracted to someone without there being a spark? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 - 24 answers

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