Feelings; we can name them but do we allow ourselves to feel them? Ben Wrigley of the Active Listener writes that it’s the British way to squash down those messy embarrassing feelings. We even unconsciously learn in childhood that we can replace one feeling with another; whats described in Transactional Analysis as a racket feeling.
Ben writes about living without feelings as not living life to the full; as if you had blurred vision or experienced muffled sound or numb touching. Squashing down our feelings can result in us being depressed and anxious and can even affect our physical health.