No Such Thing As Negative Emotions

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When you think of “negative” emotions, there are probably several things that come to mind. You may be surprised to hear the idea that negative emotions do not exist. That is to say, all emotions serve some kind of purpose. It is the way that you act on those emotions that draws a positive or negative value. Each emotion, even the uncomfortable ones, helps you to function in your daily life in one way or another.

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Anger

Anger is one emotion that is constantly conflated with negativity. This is partially due to the fact that anger is so frequently acted out in harmful ways. Throwing objects, punching, kicking, and yelling are typical examples of unhealthy expressions of anger. It is important to remember that anger can be expressed in healthy ways as well, and actually be a very important emotion to experience. Anger is the catalyst of change. When people become angry at injustice, it allows them to seek avenues through which they can get justice. Those who have trouble finding healthy ways to express their anger may consider signing up for online anger management courses.

Sadness

Sadness can be an extremely difficult emotion. Those who experience sadness have often lost something or someone, or gone through some kind of hardship. Sadness is your mind’s way of telling you that you need comfort and attention from your loved ones. It tells you that you need to seek out solace either in others or in your own methods of self-soothing. This way, you are able to recognize your needs and wants and adjust accordingly.

Loneliness

Humans are social creatures. It is normal for you to need interaction with other humans. When you get lonely, it is a signal that you need to schedule some social time with loved ones. Having time to socialize with others is a human necessity, and it is important to make sure that need is being met just as you would with food, water, sleep, or hygiene. Without loneliness, you would have no clue when you needed to “refill” your social meter. Although this feeling is uncomfortable, it is important.

It is much more helpful to categorize emotions as “pleasant” versus “unpleasant” rather than “positive” versus “negative.” All emotions exist to serve some kind of purpose. They help to identify needs and recognize where change needs to happen in order for you to maintain a generally positive life.

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