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in ways that aren particularly helpful. Name one feeling that you know you

do

deal with very well.

What makes that feeling difficult for you?

One of the more common ways to deal with feelings is to ignore them. Unfortunately, feelings tend to find ways of expressing themselves. For instance, you may feel hurt or depressed and decide not to express it to others. Later you start an argument with your partner over a little thing. Remember, when you bury a feeling, it comes back to haunt you sooner or later.

New Coping Strategies

Let it out

Once you have identified how you feel, you may want to consider

expressing it.

You can express feelings to supportive and trusted

people

(to

a

trusted

group,

friend,

or

therapist)

or

you

can

express

feelings directly to the person you

have the feelings

Sometimes, however, expressing

would

be helpful. In that case,

your feelings directly to that talking with a trusted friend,

about. person sponsor,

or

therapist is the best solution.

Think of one situation in which you expressed your feelings to someone else this week. What was it like and how did you feel afterward?

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Session 19: What About These Feelings?

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