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My parent discourages me from expressing my emotions. How can I vent?

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Last Updated: 08/17/2021 at 8:06am
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Halayma Khatun, M.A Theology(U.K, UAE), Diploma With Distinction in Counseling, Certification trauma abandonment


Compassionate, patient, experienced depression counselor. I use Psychodynamic counseling techniques. My counseling experience is +8 years, I counsel women.

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July 11th, 2017 11:05am
There are different ways you can both accept and channel your emotions. You do not have to be caught in a dilemma of purging yourself and repressing yourself. You can find acceptable ways of expressing yourself without feeling restrained. For instance, activities that involve large movements such as sports or large-scale expressive painting are helpful when managing aggressive emotions like anger. Writing or typing (whether it be sentences, the alphabet, or numbers and characters) and other finer movements usually associated with arts and building may also soothe feelings of mild anxiety or redirect attention from feelings of sadness. Meditation also balances overexcitement. Psychologists would term the act of channeling emotions into activities as sublimation. If you're unsure of which activity would work for you, consider something you're already interested in, or something you're new to and willing to learn about. (Personally, I find writing repetitively "A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" sufficient on days when I only need a refresher break, and practicing basic Arnis when I need to release more steam.) Hope this helps!
November 21st, 2017 6:21pm
You can talk to me or any other listener on 7 cups. We are trained to listen not jusge and everything you say is confidential. Alternatively you could seek professional help from a doctor or therapist. Maybe you could talk to a friend or keep a diary of your thoughts as well.
August 17th, 2021 8:06am
I can understand what you are going through. There are can multiple reasons for that: You don't trust them. You are judging yourself for your own thoughts You have low self-esteem. You know it, they won't understand or care. And much more. If you are going through any such thing then please remember that you are worthy of love, care, trust, respect, and good family or friends. Don't cage yourself. Just go to a peaceful place or space and vent out what you are going through to a dear one. It doesn't matter whether they understand it or not since sometimes all we just want is a listener. It can be hard to be vulnerable. Love yourself, speak yourself.