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What makes it so hard to put into words what's going on in your own mind?

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Last Updated: 03/06/2018 at 12:10am
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January 16th, 2015 9:32pm
Your mind is a powerful, beautiful, wonderous tool, but it can play tricks on you. Many of us are plagued by thoughts, that seem to circle around and around in our heads, purporting to be louder and more important than they really are. It can be hard to find the words to articulate accurately the intricacies of our thoughts. Our thoughts occur on so many levels, from the full bold primary colours of the conscious to the subtle watercolours of our sub-conscious and instinct. No wonder it can be hard to find words when some of our thoughts haven't even formed fully in our own mind! If we are going through difficult times, or if our lives are busy and over-complicated, our thoughts can get jumbled up and our minds become uneasy. Words can can help structure and order messy thoughts. Talking it through, writing it down, drawing it out… these are all ways to concentrate our thoughts and allow our minds to shuffle and reorder the messiness. Taking some time to relax, to find some peace in a busy day or some solace away from a difficult situation, can also help bring calmness to a messy mind. A good listener can be like a mirror, helping you to see your own mind more clearly and truthfully. Hope this helps! :)
April 2nd, 2015 2:29pm
Because YOU know how you are feeling. It sometimes hard to describe the feeling to somebody who doesnt have the same feelings. Like saying why you love somebody to somebody who doesnt love you back. It can help to use metaphors and analogies.
December 21st, 2015 9:30am
Because it's like letting everyone into the deepest pits of your soul which you try to keep hidden.
January 19th, 2015 11:16pm
Sometimes you can feel so confused that you might not know how to explain yourself into words. At times you can feel so many different mixed emotions, that you can't describe yourself.
June 10th, 2015 9:05am
Because usually, people are not very vocal with words and they find it hard to connect with what they are thinking.
June 22nd, 2015 8:42pm
Sometimes it is hard to pen down our thoughts, because words simply can't do justice. For instance sad is such a simple three letter word, it doesn't seem to do much justice. Sad because of the weather, certain events or just sad? Secondly, sometimes we just haven't given much thought or time to how we should identify our feelings. It's like asking someone how are you, and them answering I don't know.
September 7th, 2015 2:46am
Sometimes the right words get lost in your thoughts and get all jumbled up. It doesn't mean they aren't there. Just take the time, perhaps writing down or journaling your thoughts could help to get them out better when it is time.
April 1st, 2015 4:49am
Not actually knowing yourself, Or not knowing why its happening. Thats the main reason for me but after finding that triggers it I find it so much easier knowing how to put it into words.
April 19th, 2016 11:33am
i think if i'm being too emotional, i feel it's really hard to put everything in word. maybe calm your self down and manage your emotion will help you much to think clearly
March 6th, 2018 12:10am
We struggle at times to put our feelings or challenges were facing is because it might be hard to share and we stumble at our words and decide not to disclose or at times we are afraid of being judged and left helpless in the end, so to prevent it, you keep it all in your mind without seeking proper support when you needed it.
May 2nd, 2015 1:20pm
thoughts are conversation between self and consciousness,so if we try to write in form of conversation,it would be easier.
May 8th, 2015 2:29am
it requires all of us to have skill to translate our feelings into simple, understandable words.
May 21st, 2015 10:41pm
The hardest thing about saying what's going on in your own mind is fear. To be scared that people would not understand you.
June 29th, 2015 4:27pm
Not exactly sure, but drawing your feelings could help express yourself :) Keep doing that everyday or so, in a book, and over time on a journey of happiness you can see how far you've come :)
Anonymous - Expert in Depression
October 2nd, 2015 7:00am
Because words cannot do your emotions justice. Your mind is a powerful, complex thing. And it's near to impossible to truly describe with words. You need to use actions and emotions along with your words. Learn to show as well as tell. And learn to tell more often - once you practice talking about your feelings, you begin to understand it better and you'll learn how to explain it better.
October 27th, 2015 3:53am
The complication of every emotion is far beyond imaginable. It's up to you to simplify it then slowly expand as you tell someone else. It makes it easier. For example start with: "I'm allergic to cats," then work up to, "I'm allergic to cats because of (blah-blah) medical condition."
June 7th, 2016 1:33pm
Sometimes there is so much going In our mind it becomes difficult to put it something alternative try drawing
October 25th, 2016 12:33pm
Because we don't want to think about it. We like entertainments because it keeps us away from problems.
March 13th, 2017 9:33pm
Sometimes we're scared of how people will react to the things going on in our minds so even though we want to say what's on our minds we don't want to be judged. Then we overthink the whole situation and can't find the words we want to say to express what's on our minds.
July 10th, 2017 5:57am
Sometimes, we do not have total control over our own thought processes. So, to tell someone exactly what is going on, we need to know where to begin -- and we don't, especially when the mind races. It's sometimes too much going on at once, so it's all a big mess in the head. Secondly, we might also hold back from articulation because we might feel like the other person won't understand. Hence, it gets harder to put feelings into words if there's this apprehension that the other person might not get it at all.