Burn This: Labeling emotions “good” or “bad”


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We all know how good it feels to get rid of actual stuff — clothes that are out of style, clutter that’s taking up space in your closet, décor that belongs in another decade.

We’d argue it feels just as good, if not better, to get rid of your metaphorical crap — the beliefs that weigh you down, the assumptions that you inherited from someone else, and the fears that are no longer relevant to the times we’re living in now.

So, in that spirit, we’re back with another special episode of Burn This. Every once in a while, we’re going to go through some of our collective intangible garbage and give you, and all of us, permission to throw it in the burn pile!

Today we’re burning the idea that emotions need to be labeled. We got into…

  • How anger, sadness, frustration, even joy isn’t good or bad, ever.
  • The unintended consequences that result when you unconsciously believe an emotion, especially a difficult one, is “bad.”
  • The emotions you might be most uncomfortable with, and therefore most likely to label incorrectly, according to your Enneagram type.
  • How to retrain your brain to think of emotions in a neutral way.

Leave a comment below after you’ve listened to share how you’ve been guilty of labeling emotions!


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Bonus Book Club! The Wisdom of the Enneagram (Part 1) (August 2019)

Bonus Book Club! The Wisdom of the Enneagram (Part 2) (August 2019)

Side Chat: Enneagram Soul Child Theory (February 2020)


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