Summary of our weekly group discussion ~ 5th September 2016
Have you ever felt that you need to apologise for being negative, sad, angry or just plain awful? Or, maybe you just don't share these feelings with your friends and family?
In our weekly discussion, we've been exploring emotion suppression as a way of coping and thinking about the effects on how we manage our emotions.
"Think positive" can become a mantra for those of us living with cancer. Such a reaction is hardly surprising, given our culture's overriding bias toward positive thinking but although positive emotions important, problems arise when we start believing we must be upbeat all the time. Research shows that experiencing and accepting such emotions are vital to our mental health and trying to suppress them can backfire, and even lessen our sense of contentment.