BONUS 187: Managing Intense Emotions

December 28, 2018

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.

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Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss how to manage intense emotions:

INTENSE EMOTIONS

  • What are emotions, and why do we have them?
  • What are the most intense emotions listeners might feel during their infertility journeys? Let’s break them down by thoughts, physical sensations, and behaviors.
    • Negative
      • Grief
      • Anger
      • Envy
      • Shame
      • Bitterness
      • Anxiety
    • Positive
      • Happiness
      • Love
      • Surprise or amazement
      • Joy
      • Gratitude
  • Is there any research around intense emotions?
  • How can listeners handle intense emotions?
  • Is there a difference between how listeners can or should approach intense emotions in public versus in private?
  • How can listeners build up resilience against negative intense emotions?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to listeners who are struggling with intense emotions?

BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.

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