What would happen if we took off our masks and turned off our filters? What would life be like if we all were forced to be honest with everyone about our feelings? Would it be a problem? Just the thought that all of our friends and family would know every emotion we felt can cause anyone to panic. On the other hand, could it be a solution? Remove the worry. Truly though, what would happen if we took down the walls that hide our emotions? Keep in mind I’m only talking emotions not opinions.
Why do we suppress them?
First off, why do we build these walls? Everyone is different when it comes to expressing themselves. We all have unique experiences that shape different aspects of ourselves and our personality. So we have our own reasons to hide feelings. But another aspect of this is the cultural stigma. There’s this strong will to suppress emotions to “stay positive.” How many times have you agreed to something just because you were too scared to say no? How many times has someone asked “How are you?” and how many times have you responded great without really thinking about it? I definitely think this is the main reason we don’t acknowledge them in the first place.
What would happen with emotional honesty?
I think that there are many benefits that come from making our emotions known, both to ourselves and others. There are many things that happen when you neglect your emotions. Overthinking is a huge effect of hiding away emotions. Since we can’t be sure of what everyone is thinking, we are suspicious of everyone. If someone didn’t like me, I would appreciate it more if they told me that to my face. That is much better than giving them my trust and friendship only to have it be broken. I’m sure a lot of you can relate. Think about all of the times you have wondered if you have true friends. Instances where we spend hours looking back on single actions, thinking “That was weird” or “Why did I do that?”. I attribute those thoughts to the fact that we don’t trust the people around us. Maybe if we were more comfortable with emotions (such as anger, sadness, etc), we would be more willing to let people see an unfiltered side of ourselves and in turn reduce anxiety and overthinking tendencies.
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