I want to teach you about an important concept called Buffering. Buffering is any kind of activity that you take a part in that is an effort to escape negative emotions that creates a negative result .
Sometimes we think we need to be happy all the time and should never feel negative emotion. So then if we feel a negative emotion then we feel like something has gone wrong and want to “buffer” away from that emotion.
Feeling pain and negative emotion is part of our human experience and when we resist negative emotion then that emotion will only get stronger and intense. It is kind of like when I tried to resist laughing in this video with my best friend in high school. https://tinyurl.com/ResistingEmotion When i tried to stop laughing, we only laughed harder. The same idea works with negative emotions….what we resist will only persist!
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