Say hello to my little friends!
These Inside Out figurines arrived a few days ago, and I am so happy to have them in my office as I work with clients on accessing their core emotions, rather than getting stuck in anxiety, shame, and guilt.
What are core emotions, you ask? Just like in Pixar's Inside Out, core emotions are the ones we are wired with for survival. Sadness, anger, joy, fear, and disgust are depicted in the movie (and in my office!). Two more that were left out: excitement and sexual excitement.
"So, wait a second, Kelly. You're saying that anxiety, shame and guilt are NOT core emotions?" Yep, that's right! They are inhibitory emotions. They suck up all our energy and time so we don’t ever fully feel our core stuff, and therefore, don’t get a chance to fully heal. Instead, we just feel caught up in a hamster wheel of despair that goes nowhere.
So, if you’ve been spending all your energy and time in anxiety, shame, and guilt, contact me so we can get you unstuck and on the path to wellness! It's hard work, but like the movie reminds us, totally worth the journey.
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Kelly is a licensed clinical social worker in South Jersey.
24 Lees Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108