Saturday 25th January 2020

    Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health


    Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions - "a joy, a depression, a meanness" - to "unexpected visitors." His advice was to let them in laughing, but that's not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in for the more fashionable gratitude.

    In a cultural age that's decidedly pro-positivity, the pressure to suppress or camouflage negative feelings is real.

    However, psychological studies have shown that acceptance of those negative emotions is the more reliable route to regaining and maintaining peace of mind.

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