Mindstead - Understanding Sadness (making sense of unwanted feelings)

Understanding Sadness (making sense of unwanted feelings)


About This Tool

We all feel sad from time to time. Sometimes this feeling of sorrow or general unhappiness comes and goes. Other times it lingers. Some of us enjoy feeling sad – it can feel weirdly comfortable or at least deep and poetic. Some of us hate feeling sad – it feels distracting, limiting, and, literally, depressing. Whatever your situation, this worksheet is designed to help you investigate the feelings of sadness in your life, understand how they may be hurting you as well as helping you, and to work towards finding a different way of relating with the experience of sadness. As with any feeling you feel, it is up to you to decide whether you act on that feeling or not.

This worksheet is great for anyone who has experienced anger, and particularly for those people who dislike that feeling and want to change their reactions.  It takes anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes to do depending on how thoroughly one reflects upon the questions.

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Why It Works

The roots of this tool are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Specifically this tool seek to help us understand our feelings and how they guide our thoughts and fuel our behaviors, though they don't have to.

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