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Riding the Wave of Our Feelings in Life With Chronic Illness

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It’s not uncommon for people to resist feeling negative emotions. Most of us do at times. It’s natural and human. We resist because we don’t want to wallow.

Maybe we worry about entering a negative state and then never leaving it. We often fear what we don’t know. And our culture doesn’t teach us to know our feelings.

Especially not the negative ones. It teaches us to look away. “We often don’t know how we feel. Many of us know our own emotions about as well as we know a city we are visiting for the first time,” writes Sheila Heen, author of “Difficult Conversations.” I don’t exactly know where our culture’s tendency tofeminize and trivialize emotions came from, but I sense that it’s from the same place that birthed our proclivity to

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