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Do Your Feelings Own You?

Human emotions and feelings are the stuff of poetry. There are certain expressions of feelings that we equate with nobility of character--love, honor, respect, friendship.

But it seems that at least since the 1960s all feelings are considered worthy of expression and exploration.

We've bought the idea that because jealousy, pain, outrage, hatred, schadenfreude, righteous indignation, and deep sadness occur "naturally," therefore they are healthy. Because we all have moments when we feel these feelings, they are...
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Are You A Help Rejecting Complainer?

J. "I feel so depressed."

M. "I'm sorry, how about coming out shopping with me?"

J. "What?? And spend money? You know how little money I have right now."

M. "Oh, sorry. Okay, why not take a walk and get some fresh air--that always clears my head."

J. "Walking never helps."

M. "I know, I saw a really inspiring article online the other day. Let me find it for you--it really picked up my spirits."

J. "Reading doesn't change anything."

M. "Maybe...
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