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Emotional Narratives: Unveiling the Messages Within

Emotional Narratives: Unveiling the Messages Within

What if I told you that every emotion, even those typically labeled as negative, holds inherent value? Your reaction to this notion is likely influenced by societal conditioning that categorizes emotions into “good” and “bad.” Socialization shapes our understanding of the world, instilling beliefs and values through upbringing, culture, and societal norms. This, in turn, influences our perception of emotions. However, the challenge arises when we brand certain emotions as undesirable; doing so hinders our receptiveness to the messages they convey, potentially detrimental to our emotional well-being. 

Emotional well-being hinges on our ability to recognize and navigate our own emotions. I often liken emotional health to a process involving the identification of where emotion resides within us, its articulation, contemplation, and ultimately, its release in a constructive manner. The term “emotion” itself juxtaposes with “motion,” emphasizing that emotions are dynamic and persist even when we believe we’ve buried them. Being emotionally healthy empowers us to steer the course, choosing how and where to release our emotions, preventing an emotional hijacking that may occur when they are released in an unproductive manner. Acknowledging and expressing anger, for instance, can yield either positive or negative outcomes based on how it’s channeled. 

Society often casts emotions like anger, shame, guilt, and jealousy as undesirable. We’re advised against allowing ourselves to experience these so-called negative emotions. Consequently, we may be less inclined to sit with these emotions and truly hear the narratives they’re trying to convey. Judging an emotion lessens the likelihood that we’ll truly engage with it.

To Genuinely Process Our Emotions, We Must: 

  • First, suspend judgment
  • Welcome our emotions (“Hello anger,” “Good morning guilt”) 
  • Open ourselves to comprehending their triggers 
  • Seeking healthy avenues for their release 

When processing an emotion, pinpointing where it resides in our body is crucial. Some may feel anxiety in their stomach, anger in their head, and shame in their shoulders. These physiological cues provide a foundation for labeling the emotion. Subsequently, we extend a welcome to the emotion, free from judgment, as part of an exploration into its origin. Having discerned the message it carries, we then seek to release it in a constructive manner. For example, anger may signify a violation of our values, and a healthy outlet could involve assertive communication to address the issue and work toward resolution. 

According to Mateo et al. (2022), burnout can also manifest as emotional exhaustion. Suppressing our emotions can take a toll on our emotional well-being, potentially steering us toward burnout and impeding our capacity to regulate emotions. A buildup of unresolved emotions may culminate in mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depression, particularly when confronted with prolonged stressors. Thus, it is imperative to process our emotions, comprehend the narratives they convey, and discover

constructive outlets for their expression. Remember to set aside time for self-reflection, bolstering your emotional acumen on the path to emotional intelligence and a burnout-resistant life. 

For tips on how to minimize stress and prevent burnout, check out my free webinar here. 


About the Author

Women Thrive Magazine Article Author - Dr. Sola Togun-Butler

Name: Dr. Sola Togun-Butler

Professional Title: Founder, CEO, Licensed Clinical Therapist & Certified Professional Life Coach

Professional Bio: Dr. Sola Togun-Butler is the Founder, CEO, & Psychotherapist at Butterfly Counseling Services. She established Butterfly Counseling Services to make mental health services accessible and affordable to a diverse client population and challenge the stigma associated with receiving mental health services.

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