The Case For Emotional Hygiene

Guy Winch, a psychologist, makes the case for giving the same importance to our psychological health as we do to our physical health. He provides statistics that poor “emotional hygiene” can make our lives miserable, it can shorten our lives, and can make it difficult to fulfill our potential. He believes it important that we all learn and also teach our children the simple techniques to deal with:

1. Loneliness- Understand our feelings when lonely and learn to counter it.
2. Failure – Know how our mind reacts to failure and learn to overcome these feelings.
3. Pain – Treating ourselves compassionately when in pain.
4. Adverse events – Ruminating over and over, thinking of adverse events.

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