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The Demonizing of Emotions

What has been an issue that I have seen in many ways that effects all of us and especailly women over history to date,
is the demonizing of emotions. When there are feelings and emotions a lot of us are socially conditioned to keep it inside and not show them , as there are penalties for showing our emotions. One emotion that has been demonized is anger, it is reduced to being either aggressive or a form of hystrianics. It is one way people lose their voice in any given situation and the voice of that person becomes muffled or even muzzled.
In the past with women the men held a lot of the power and women were meant to be silent on matters or be civilized about it all. If emotiuons were displayed or shown a doctor would prescribe medication which helped bury these emotions even deeper or silence them altogether. Valium was given out all the times in years gone by to control peoples emotions or sedate them into passivity. What we do not understand we medicate. In the field of psychiatry this is still common practice , it is about control no actual help. I have yet to meet anyone who benifited from this type of treatment and also the confusion over what is being dealt with the client, or patient loses out and has no power in the situation.
It does now effectively help someone process what they are experiencing or promote healing and then emotions are buried and deemed a social taboo. This can cause people to live in denial about their own feelings and emotions, like being buried alive.
In the human condition expressing ousrselves is very important, Joy, happiness , enthusiasm, fear, anger, grief, it is all a part of everyone and when the situation calls for it we need to process it all to heal and also for our own dignity.
I have seen so many people feel guilty for how they feel or about themselves , the judgement has been made and the sentence is clear and a negative impact on the person.
When we are children it is okay for things to be exprssed unless we are in a strict severe envionment, as adults we are conditioned to give up, forget all that we were allowed in childhood. This is how people get unhealthy and also how societies do the same in a similar fashion.
To set free the person a safe place and with safe people emotions need to be expressed and respected.


MaDube's picture


Through words and writing I have found a way of letting out my anger.Otherwise I would just go mad. Great post.

Diane Dillon's picture

Good Morning

Hi it is always good to hear from you. I am here working hard , my day starts early and runs until midnight. last week I met a first nations woman whose home burned down and has has kids to look after. So I am now going through my home and boxing up a lot of items here for ehr and the family. I have a lot of extra things , no money but I can bring a truck load to them and I will do this in 3 days. My friend has a truck so we will be meeting them Tuesday.
I will be away November 2 to the 16th. then back to do battle in the courts. I hope this goes the right way as it has broken me financially and in other ways. but it is a price that needs to be paid.

Have a good day

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