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Are emotions real?

Emotion: They are most real to the person experiencing them, and nearly everyone experiences emotions, so they are very real indeed. ...Read more

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How do I express my emotions to my tyrant dad?

How do I express my emotions to my tyrant dad?

Tyrant dad?: Dr. Friedlander has given you some reasonable advice here. Some parents (mothers too) are truly tyrants, and will beat kids for disagreeing with them. If this is the situation with your dad, choose your battles very carefully. There may be areas which mean much more to you than others, in terms of standing up for your emotions or your position. Do not purposefully provoke anyone who's crazy. ...Read more

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Where do emotions come from?

Where do emotions come from?

Limbic system: The limbic system integrates experiences, sensations, memories and emotions. ...Read more

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Why can't I control my emotions?

Why can't I control my emotions?

Difficult to say: Check and see if you're on any medicines that would alter your emotions. As one matures, we're able to control our emotions better. May want to consider meditation or any of the eastern arts that help with calming your emotions. ...Read more

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How can my spouses emotions affect mine?

How can my spouses emotions affect mine?

Perception + meaning: In good marriages there is mutual influence (that's partly what makes you close). When you read your spouse's emotions (by observing behavior) you think about what this means to you. These interpretations and meanings fire through various brain structures to result in emotional changes in yourself. This is how your spouse's emotions can affect yours--of course, it works in the other direction too. ...Read more

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Why is it hard for men to feel emotions?

Why is it hard for men to feel emotions?

They're men.: Men feel emotions but are less inclined than women to express them. Psychologists report than men think much more than they feel & women not only think & feel at the same time but tend to have more words to use than men. In addition there is a societal pressure for a man to be tough, & expressing emotions other than anger does not fit that image. When given permission men can express emotions. ...Read more

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What are healthy ways to release my emotions?

What are healthy ways to release my emotions?

Psychotherapy: Talk to a trusted friend, exercise, write in a journal, don't bury your feelings. Seeing a psychologist or other type of therapist can give you a confidential space to talk out your feelings. Be well, . ...Read more

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Why do I feel like I have no feelings or emotions?

Why do I feel like I have no feelings or emotions?

Trauma?: One symptom of post-trauma stress disorder is numbing or feeling like one doesn't have any feelings. Another possibility is that growing up you did not receive the psychological space to have feelings as a child and consequently you don't know what you are feeling. This can also be a side effect of medication or being in shock from a loss of a loved one/ grief. Some ideas to consider. ...Read more

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I have no emotions. What's wrong with me? Babyblues?

I have no emotions. What's wrong with me? Babyblues?

Apathy: The lack or absence of emotion can be associated with a number of things commonly including depression among many others. Most often this is treatable and can be improved after evaluation by a physician. The sooner you see someone the sooner your present condition can possibly improve. Best of success to you. ...Read more

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I'm always bottling up my emotions. Is this unhealthy?

I'm always bottling up my emotions. Is this unhealthy?

Yes, in general: I think in general it is healthier to work through and express your feelings with a trusted person (e.g. Friend, loved one, psychologist) so that the feelings don't remain buried and come out in unwanted ways (e.g. Physical illness, resentment). You want to make sure that you are opening up to a safe person. Even better you might get more of what you want in life by sharing your feelings! ...Read more