The worst layman mental health advice I’ve ever heard goes like this, “You need to let your emotions out. If you keep them bottled in, eventually they’ll explode.”
That’s pure bull crap. It’s exactly the opposite. It’s when you let your emotions out that they tend to expand and then explode, usually very messily all over other people.
The Bible explains that we are to reign in our emotions, thoughts, and especially our tongue.
Proverbs 29:11 states, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
If you’re going to advise someone to ‘let their emotions out,’ please make sure that you also advise them that it should absolutely be done in a controlled situation. Because even the most docile timid person is capable of doing anything – even the unthinkable – when the anger within is released.
And NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, try to goad someone into seeking help psychiatric help. They maybe holding on for dear life and there you are, you big ass hole, trying to push them over the edge. That, too, only makes things worst. Now, they don’t know who to trust.
The best thing you can do is LISTEN when they’re ready to speak and if you can’t do that, get the hell out of their way.
Now that I think about it:
No one ever says it’s OK to let out your disgust (an emotion) at the way someone looks, dresses, smells, or talks.
No one ever says it’s OK to let out our your fear (an emotion) in any given situation. Yes, go ahead and scream like a baby because you’re scared.
No one ever says it’s OK to let out your love (an emotion) for your neighbor’s husband or wife.
So why do we think it’s OK to let out ANGER?
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