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Emotional Pain - Emotional Healing

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Emotional Pain - Emotional Healing

  1. 1. ==== ====This article provides you with helpful insights into how you can heal from emotional pain and ====Slowly we have moved out of the era when emotional and mental problems were viewed as aweakness, and when those who suffered from them were stigmatised. In fact, to our credit we nowlive in an emotional age. A time where displays of emotion, whether positive or negative can beexpressed, both in public and in private and be received with at least some understanding.Unfortunately though, it is only spur of the moment displays of feelings, such as crying openlywhen something sad happens that are understood and socially acceptable. Society still lacks andunderstanding of the deeper issues that affect individual emotional health, and it is often not untilthings go too far and become a full blown crisis that a helpful response is given. That is why wemust all begin to recognise that preventative ethos of care can also apply to psychological healthas well.Periodically we go to the dentist for a check-up, to ensure that our teeth stay in optimum condition.From time to time we may also wish to, or be required to take part in a medical examination forvarious reasons. How often though do we have our emotional health checked? For most people,the answer to this question would be rarely or never, and even then only when we feel like wehave a problem; such as feeling overly anxious or depressed. That is because a given situationhas gone too far, and we feel that we need relief, like when we go to the dentist with toothache ora physician with any general acute medical problem. Emotional problems produce the same onsetof pain that the aforementioned scenarios do, and like a cavity in a tooth can be prevented byregular dental exams so to can emotional crisis and events by effective pre-emotional eventscreening.At this point, it is important to distinguish between chronic and acute onset emotional problems. Anacute problem with emotional issues is often caused by a recent unwanted change or loss, suchas becoming unemployed or losing a loved one. Chronic emotional problems may stem from andacute event, but are more complex in nature; often with multiple issues as factors. The aim of pre-emotional event screening then is not to prevent acute problems, but it is to address continuingissues a person has, and hopefully help them to resolve them before they progress into thedisorder stage. For example, continued anxiety surrounding job status may progress into anxietyabout other life issues, and from there into generalised anxiety disorder.A need then exists for an effective form of pre-event screening. We are not talking about a mentalstate examination here or specific psychological testing. Both of these are undertaken for variouspurposes and in various settings already. In fact, such testing is too simplistic and not in depth, ormore importantly individually specific enough for our purposes. Though admittedly specificallytailored psychological tests do have their uses, such as in student and pre-employment aptitudetesting; what we require is a method of screening which can be altered for each individual case.Just as the details of a medical examination with a general practitioner are not rigidly determined,so neither is our screening process, the only determining factor is the individual needs of the
  2. 2. client.The form of which such a screening process should take is the next concern. The model for thisthough already exists in the shape of person centred counselling, in which the specific questionsasked are determined solely on the issues the client is facing, and their response to theinterviewers enquiries. By using the person centred approach, which does not rely on setquestions or a diagnostic process we are able to shape our screening to the specific needs of theclient and the individual issues that they have.Implementation of this screening should not merely be provided as a place for clients to comewhen they have a problem though. Individuals should in fact be encouraged to come for screeningwhen they feel "ok" or "all is good", as at that moment in time their general level of emotionalfeeling is positive, and so we can work with their awareness in order to help them recognise anyissues that may become a problem in the future. This is important, as many concerns, fears andthoughts are held in our subconscious until we are made aware of them through a facilitationprocess of some kind. Unfortunately awareness often does not come about in individuals who fell"good" until something negative happens, which with pre-event screening could have otherwisebeen avoided.The question remains in which setting screening should take place. At this stage of humanexistence, despite the progress we have made up to this point, it sadly remains out of the questionto expect people to self-refer to emotional health services in the same way that they would to otherhealth professionals. Avenues for the implementation of our screening do exist though; the mostimportant of these is implementation through organizations. Specifically in education andemployment, many educational institutions already provide counselling services on staff.Furthermore, many companies in the post-modern economy have also recognised the use oforganizational consultants in order to streamline their operations. Many of these consultants areactually trained as emotional health professionals. The point is that if screening services wereprovided in house in the same way, the access and attitudes toward emotional health check-upswould be improved. The benefit for the economy is that improved emotional awareness ofindividuals improves productivity. If our previously outlined person-centred counselling is pairedwith solution focussed individual action planning then pre=emotional event screening becomes anattractive concept for companies, as talking meets action. Individuals without emotional burdensare better workers.In conclusion, what is needed in order for pre-event screening to be effective and to becomeavailable in the wider sphere of life is a fundamental shift in the thinking of the individual. That is tolook on emotional health services, as equipping each person for the challenges experienced in lifeand not just as a means to help them in overcoming them when things get too much. We can nowmore easily display emotion, both to ourselves and others, but what is still needed is for each of usand those around us to acknowledge that we are all individuals with unique life issues, issueswhich have emotional components which can be exploited in order to make life more happy,healthy and fulfilling.
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