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What to Do When Emotions Become Consuming

Joan Klagsbrun Suggests Using a Focusing Technique


When faced with strong emotions, people tend to handle them in one of two ways: Either they let them overwhelm and consume them, or they push them aside and say that they’ll deal with them some other time, which never comes.

Joan Klagsbrun finds that using Focusing techniques is helpful in either situation.

Concentrating on the person who lets their emotions engulf them, Joan describes how to help them to put things into perspective. Using the Focusing techniques of spatial metaphor and facilitative language, you can help create some distance between the person and their strong emotions, allowing them to see that their feelings are just a part of them, but not all of them.

Check out this clip where Joan details how spatial metaphors and facilitative language work:

Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in the Boston area and an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University, has been teaching Focusing internationally for more than 30 years.

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

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