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  • Mike Mihalas, LCSW

"Four Ways We Avoid Our Feelings—and What to Do Instead"

Updated: May 1, 2023

Dealing with emotions is an important part of mental health wellness. Avoiding, minimizing, denying, and other defenses are often inadequate to contain the unwanted emotion, and inevitably they will find unconscious ways to be expressed. How they get expressed are often experienced as "symptoms."

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