What Are You Resisting?

Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

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Title: What Are You Resisting? Author: Margaret Paul, Ph.D. E-mail: mailto:margaret@innerbonding.com Copyright: © 2004 by Margaret Paul URL: http://www.innerbonding.com Word Count: 816 Category: Personal Growth, Emotional Healing

What Are You Resisting? Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

If you are stuck somewhere in your life,repparttar 126142 chances are you are stuck because you are resisting something. Many people grew up with one or two controlling parents or caregivers, and therefore learned numerous ways of overtly or covertly resisting being controlled. Who or what are you resisting?


Noah fell madly in love with Celia. It had been a long time since he had felt in love and he was delighted when it finally happened. Given that both Noah and Celia were in their mid 40’s, they didn’t want to wait long to be together. They had a whirlwind romance and got married within six months of meeting.

However, within a short time,repparttar 126143 passion and in-love feelings were gone. What happened?

Celia is a person who loves to feel connected with others. She is also very afraid of disconnection withrepparttar 126144 people who are important to her. As a result, she wants control over people staying connected with her. She tries to have this control in very subtle ways. It’s not anything she does overtly - it’s more of a covert energy pull. It’s in her eyes, in her smile, in her hug.

People who are not resistant love Celia and feel loved by her. Her subtly pulling energy does not create fear in them of being controlled. In fact,repparttar 126145 opposite happens - they see her as a very safe person and open their hearts to her. Most people will tell you what an open and loving person she is.

Noah, however, is a very resistant person. Having experiencedrepparttar 126146 same kind of subtle energetic pull from his mother, he has a deep fear of being controlled. His unconscious response to Celia is to close his heart and withdraw to protect himself from being controlled by her pull. It’s more important to Noah to protect against being controlled than it is to be loving. Therefore,repparttar 126147 more Celia pulls out of her fear of disconnection,repparttar 126148 more Noah resists connecting.

Until being loving to himself and Celia is more important to Noah than protecting against being controlled, his heart will stay closed. If Celia were to pull back completely, he might open his heart again, but it would close as soon as she wanted connection with him. Just her wantingrepparttar 126149 connection feels to Noah like a pull. This relationship has no chance of regainingrepparttar 126150 in-love feelings until loving Celia is more important to Noah than protecting against engulfment. He is resistingrepparttar 126151 very thing that originally brought him joy.

Dealing with Anger

Written by Susan Dunn, MA, Emotional Intelligence Coach & Consultant

“When I was growing up,” Annette tells me, “girls weren’t supposed to get mad. Just as we were supposed to sit still, and not speak unless spoken to, we were supposed to look pretty and keep a smile on our face. It’s no wonder I had migraines for so many years. And when I did start dealing with it, I had no idea what to do about it.”

“There was something wrong with her, I think,” Anthony told me. “My ex-wife … she never got angry, allrepparttar time we were married. Not once.” He paused and looked away. Then he added, “She just threwrepparttar 126140 keys onrepparttar 126141 table one day and walked out. I had no idea there was anything wrong.”

“‘Let it all hang out’ wasrepparttar 126142 catchword sometime aroundrepparttar 126143 late 70’s,” says Martha. “After years of being told NOT to express our anger, we were supposed to do so allrepparttar 126144 time. I remember this period of time as very unpleasant. We got it from all sides. It was very, um, noisy.”

“Inrepparttar 126145 80s, they were telling women to stomp around, talk loudly, and assert themselves. We were supposed to ‘get angry’ in order to compete with men inrepparttar 126146 work world,” says Paula.

Anger … how we struggle with this primitive, upsetting emotion. Denied to women, it was atrepparttar 126147 same timerepparttar 126148 “all purpose” emotion for a generation of men –repparttar 126149 only legitimate way they could express any emotion, since tenderness, grief, shame and sympathy were women’s territory.

We are more accepting now for both genders to have all feelings (like we had a choice), and yet we still don’t know what to do about anger. “Anger kills” andrepparttar 126150 evidence mounts daily how detrimental this emotion, unmanaged, can be to our health -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Can’t we just do away with this emotion we dislike so much? Reach some state of nirvana where we’re always “happy” and nothing bothers us? Not likely, and if we could, we’d be missing a great source of information.

The key is not to get rid of anger – or any other emotion – but to learn how to deal with it in a manner that’s not harmful to ourselves or to others, and to heed its message.

There have been more “fads” about anger, than fingers on my hands, and I’ve lived through many of them. So how are we dealing with it now? What’srepparttar 126151 latest?

Let’s get away from “fads” and get torepparttar 126152 nitty-gritty about this potentially destructive, yet vital, emotion.


Anger, in its rawest form, comes fromrepparttar 126153 primitive, or reptilian brain. While “anger” encompasses many things when we experience it, comes from many causes, and contains many puzzling layers, atrepparttar 126154 bottom it’s aggression.

Emotions fromrepparttar 126155 reptilian brain are designed for survival, and are stronger than our thoughts will ever be. If we didn’t pay attention to them, we might come into harm’s way. They’re designed to preclude thinking. Whenrepparttar 126156 insult comes, orrepparttar 126157 push, orrepparttar 126158 threat, we react … just as if there were a beast in front of us, threatening our life.

Adrenalin starts pumping and we move into fight-or-flight. There’s no time to think, or we’d be dead … at leastrepparttar 126159 wayrepparttar 126160 emotion was originally designed to operate. The trouble is, today there are few real threats to our existence, but our bodies don’t knowrepparttar 126161 difference, and so we react.


We ignore it to our peril. We are our emotions, and if we shut down one, we shut them all down. If you aren’t willing to experiencerepparttar 126162 “bad” ones, you can’t experiencerepparttar 126163 “good” ones, to aboutrepparttar 126164 same degree.

I’m reminded of a friend who told me in one breath aboutrepparttar 126165 death of his mother, andrepparttar 126166 birth of his first child, as if he were reportingrepparttar 126167 Dow Jones forrepparttar 126168 day.

His inability to deal with his grief and anger at his mother, rendered him unable to rejoice atrepparttar 126169 birth of his daughter. Foregoing pleasure wasrepparttar 126170 price he paid for being numb.

Our emotions are our guides. Anger tells us something is wrong we need to deal with. And even if “you” choose to ignore it, your body isn’t. It will talk to you in migraines, back pain, ulcers, depression, and fibromyalgia.

Anger compromisesrepparttar 126171 immune system. Illness ensues. It isn’t a question of whether or not you can ignore it; you can’t. It’s whether you’re mindful of it or not.

It will also talk to you in aborted careers, shattered relationships, and damaged children. “The sins ofrepparttar 126172 fathers are visited uponrepparttar 126173 sons,” refers to legacies of dysfunction.


We have a long communal history of judging our anger and finding it “bad”. It’s hard to accept. It makes us somehow “not nice.” The physiological response to it doesn’t feel good, and we wish it would go away. We want to be “calmed down; at least those of us who aren’t so addicted to it we’re living in a state of hostility, onrepparttar 126174 verge of going postal, walking time bombs, coronaries waiting to happen.

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