Do You Feel Unworthy?

Have you experienced that emotional wash of flu-like discomfort throughout your body, leading you to believe you are dirty, or unclean?  Do you have painful thoughts of regret in the middle of the night?

What are these awful emotions?  Simply, they are a feeling of unworthiness. Brené Brown, shame researcher and storyteller, has helped bring to light these intensely dark emotions (see list and links below). Through meta-analysis, she found the four ickiest emotions—my word, not hers—are: Embarrassment, Humiliation, Guilt, and Shame.  Even though these emotions can feel similar, knowing the differences between them makes all the differenceContinue reading “Do You Feel Unworthy?”

The Unexpected Road of Trials for Returning LDS Missionaries

Returning Home:  The Unexpected Road of Trials for Returned Missionaries

Returning home may be the hardest part of an LDS missionary’s experience.  It can be more difficult than leaving. Continue reading “The Unexpected Road of Trials for Returning LDS Missionaries”

Is This Your Fast Food in the Closet?

The arguments couple’s have are fascinating—sometimes flat-out funny!  However, there’s usually more to the story.  With permission to share it, this is one of my favorites from a couple in the Salt Lake City, Utah area: Continue reading “Is This Your Fast Food in the Closet?”

A Helpful Way to Vent

When I was about eight years old, I remember a particularly annoying night when my older sisters were picking on me… again… (a shocker I know).  I had had enough!  I don’t recall the details of the situation, but I got very angry and felt powerless to do anything about it.  So, I decided to vent to my journal, writing less Continue reading “A Helpful Way to Vent”

Why We Fear Going to Therapy

One of the most tantalizing, but rewarding experiences in life is being introduced to the game of golf.  It’s a game you can never perfect, even though it seems so simple!  For me anyway, it’s full of hooks, slices, hazards, penalty shots, misses, good and bad luck, disappointments, and occasional bliss.  The experience of golf can go from a soul-wrenching funk to uncontrollable laughter.  Most golfers would tell you that the mental and emotional part of the game is more challenging than the physical one.  Yet, there always seems to be something (a made putt, a great drive, enjoyable company) that keeps me coming back. Continue reading “Why We Fear Going to Therapy”