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The Detriment of Running from Emotions

Emotions Should be Embraced, Not Avoided, According to Susan Johnson


As a graduate student, Susan Johnson observed a couples therapist whose solution to working with clients when they became emotional was to send them out of the room until they had calmed down. She immediately found this practice ridiculous; you’d constantly be banishing clients from your office!

Susan points out that if you don’t trust or understand something, then you don’t know how to use it, which leads to the natural instinct of avoidance. It was this desire to better understand and embrace emotions that led Susan toward the development of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Check out this clip where Susan talks about the power of using EFT with couples:

Susan Johnson, Ed.D., professor of clinical psychology, is one of the developers of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She’s the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Center for Excellence in EFT. Her latest book is Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

Susan joins Joan Klagsbrun, Jay Efran, Rick Hanson, Ron Potter-Efron, and Diana Fosha for the rebroadcast of our popular webcast series:

Powered By Emotion:
New Strategies for Deepening Therapeutic Healing

All 6 Sessions Available 24/7 Starting Thursday, March 14th!

Click here for full course details.

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One Response to The Detriment of Running from Emotions

  1. John J. Castro says:

    I am deeply interested in learning about your therapy with facing, recognizing (emotional literacy or IQ),understanding your emotions. I feel ways we may avoid are emotions are by anger, projection, blame (the other person, as the cause of our anger)…we may feel shame over our emotions.

    I hope that I will be able to afford your lessons, as I am going through a horrific (super recession) in my life-I can’t even begin to list all the “kitchen sinks” life has thrown at me.

    Thank you.

    John J. Castro

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