It has been reported, according to the research, negative feelings are in fact part of the process of feeling well and essential for mental health.
The research showed that negative motions were likely important for our very survival.
Over time, species become carved out. Human beings are no different. Therefore, the fact that we have negative emotions as well as positive emotions is important to keep in mind about general well-being. In fact, the suppression of various feelings and thoughts can turn out to be harmful.
As noted by Tori Rodriguez in 2013, “A crucial goal of therapy is to learn to acknowledge and express a full range of emotions, and here was a client apologising for doing just that.”
He takes his psychotherapy practice as a time to help clients deal with some of the most difficult emotions – some of the most extreme negative emotions – in human life such as “extreme anger” or “suicidal thoughts.”
But there is a trend among some to hide those feelings because of a feeling of guilt associated with having the emotions perceived to be or given a blanket negative valuation. Rodrigues attributes this to our culture’s hyper-focus on the positive.
As Richard Pryor instructs us: “All humour is rooted in pain” or “I had some great things and I had some bad things. The best and the worst . . . In other words, I had a life.”
Rodrigues continued, “Although positive emotions are worth cultivating, problems arise when people start believing they must be upbeat all the time. In fact, anger and sadness are an important part of life, and new research shows that experiencing and accepting such emotions are vital to our mental health.”
He goes on to talk about the various ways that the suppression of positive emotions can be a bad thing for the individual affecting even one’s own eating patterns for the worst. It is important to express oneself he stresses.