In the past we were taught that the power of our minds to think, understand, and to make logical judgements was an efficient means of controlling the tyranny of our emotions, our happiness, sadness, envy, fear, anger, surprise, disgust, guilt, pride etc.
Increasingly there is a questioning of why and how our emotions often slip out of control, and can set in train a sequence of events which cause distress and harm to ourselves and others.
Anger can develop into violent rage; fear can escalate into a reclusive withdrawal from society. When we feel that one our emotions is liable to get out of control, it is time to have a closer look at it and to trace it back to it’s source, achieving on the way a greater awareness of the complexity of our inner selves.
Armed with this awareness, we can embrace the challenges of our lives with confidence and restore to our emotions their proper function, which Antonio Damasio describes as follows: ‘All emotions have some kind of regulatory role to play, leading in one way or another to the creation of circumstances advantageous to the human being.’
Therapy provides a safe and confidential space where we have the opportunity to explore the role of emotion in our lives, the part it plays at the core of our inner selves, and how we might harness it to help create for ourselves a more productive and meaningful existence.