Managing Painful Emotions: Anger, Worry and Anxiety, Guilt

The ability to think back on the past and to think about the future means that, amongst other things, you can reminisce about good times and look forward to upcoming events.

But this ability is not always an advantage. Too often, your thoughts can trap you; anger and guilt can trap you in the past, worry and anxiety trap you in the future. But the past is gone and the future isn't here yet.

Certainly, anxiety and worry, anger and guilt are painful difficult emotions but, remember, emotions have a positive intent – even worry, anger and guilt! These emotions are intended to motivate you to put right a perceived wrong. They only become a problem if you let them trap you in the past or ...

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