Feelings and Defenses 5

This week, Imagine Hope is discussing how defenses can be used to mask or avoid feelings, especially the feelings of anger, sadness, fear, loneliness, shame guilt.  Now that we have learned some of the defenses and what feelings they can mask, how does this impact us in our lives? Not dealing with feelings can cause a host of issues, such as depression, anxiety, issues with reactivity or rage (an extreme form of unhealthy anger), and other issues.

Today we will cover some different resources that might be helpful to you if you often find your defenses covering up your feelings:

Mind Over Mood by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne

Anger:  Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way by Gary Chapman

Healing the Shame That Binds You by John Bradshaw

Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson by Joan Borysenko

Loneliness:  Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John Cacioppo, PhD

We hope you find these resources helpful!  Did you see any defenses in yourself from this week's blog?

Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling.  Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.