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Intimate and distant, harmonious and conflictive, empathic and aggressive, constructive and destructive. Most relationships go through these polar moments from time to time. What can we do to nurture positive and manage negative experiences?
In a recent conversation about supporting kids when they feel mad, sad, or scared, psychologist and mom Dr. Emily Kowalski described kids’ experiences of these feelings as “big feelings.” These feelings can come out in intense ways for kids.
We went on to discuss how tempting it is to try to immediately cheer kids up and try to protect them from feeling these tougher feelings. But these feelings are just as important as happiness and joy.
While everyone tends to feel sad or low from time to time, feeling that way for weeks or months at a time could mean you have depression.
If you suspect you may have depression, you’re not alone. Over 8% of adults living in the United States have experienced at least one major depressive episode.2
Some couples simply don’t talk. Well, they talk mostly about logistics—who’s picking up the kids, what time are you getting home—or superficial matters—the how-was-your-day? They don’t have serious conversations—intimate ones about how they really feel and what is going inside them and in their lives—or about problems in the relationship.
Is your life designed around anxiety? I know from personal experience and from my therapy practice that anxiety can be a controlling presence in our lives. It can fill our minds with threatening thoughts and shrink our worlds as we try to avoid the danger we see everywhere. Without realizing it, we can allow anxiety to dominate every part of our day.