Misconceptions about Emotions


1. There is a right way to feel in every situation.

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2. Letting other know that I am feeling bad is a weakness.

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3. Feeling angry is bad and destructive.

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4. Being emotional means being out-of-control.

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5. Emotions can just happen for no reason.

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6. Some emotions are really stupid, a waste.

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7. All painful emotions are a result of a bad attitude or a weak character.

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8. If others don't approve of my feelings, I shouldn't feel that way.

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9. Other people are the best judge of how I am feeling, not me.

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10. Painful emotions should just be ignored.

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11. Anger is a bad thing.

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12. If I get angry, people won't like me anymore.

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Taylor & Tran, 2000 (Modified from Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, Linehan, 1993)