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Intimacy With Your Own Feelings
Lessons of Life © Kosjenka Muk

Coaching with Kosjenka    Soulwork Croatia / Hrvatska


Are you entangled in difficult relationships or painful emotions?

Dissociation from Emotions

Would you enjoy private coaching or professional training on self-esteem, verbal aikido, solving relationship problems, lasting happiness and better relationships? Kosjenka Muk is bilingual and teaches Soulwork Systemic Coaching and other trainings internationally. Kosjenka wrote the books Emotional Maturity and Verbal Self-Defense.

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Stress & Relaxing
Therapist & Clients

Every technique for emotional development, just like every approach based on individual work with a client, which is not only “external” healing but requires that the client gets involved in the process, starts with the assumption that the client will have enough contact with his/her emotions and enough consciousness of them for the work to be successful. Very rarely one can find books or workshops which advocate different possibilities. In practice however, this ideal is not always achievable.

In about 20% of cases with new clients, it will happen that the people with whom I work are extremely disconnected from their emotions and are not able to recognize them deeper than just on a basic and most superficial level. This is manifested in the incapability to separate the personal feelings from the outer situation and examine them independently, in the incapability to verbalize deeper and subtler levels of emotions except for which are the most obvious or most intensive ones, and through the incapability to recognize the convictions that are at the root of those emotions.

Generally it is the inability of a person to work with him/herself through emotional experiences of his/her inner world rather than through rational analysis.

 

Everybody Feels

I found this to be a key obstacle in successful personal growth. Quite often my clients become aware of this themselves, but in spite of all their effort, they might have the feeling that their consciousness of their emotions is persistently slipping away - to the point that they start to doubt their actual capability to feel their emotions.

Since emotions are more spontaneous and instinctive reactions than the rational mind, I believe that there is no such thing as an "unemotional" person (except maybe in case of rare genetic disorders). To say that someone cannot feel is like saying that he or she cannot think. Emotions are the basis of our self -awareness and the way to get to know ourselves and our environment. I wonder if it is possible for human beings to be aware of themselves in any other way than through the emotions? Just like we cannot stop thinking or it is very hard not to think, it is even less possible not to feel.

It can happen that if we neglect this natural competence and avoid being conscious of it, it can become weaker or less available, yet with conscious practice we can make it grow stronger again.

Not only that we all and at all times feel, but in everyone of us and at every moment there is a presence of rich, complex multilevel emotional experiences: some levels are more lasting, more subtle and seem like they are the foundation of our character, while the emotions on other levels are more intense but shorter. Some emotions are extremely gentle, subtle and appear for just a moment, but it can happen that exactly those ones can open the door to different thoughts and perceptions, to creativity and intuition.

The lack of contact with one’s feelings has it deep roots in decades of avoidance and suppression. This started when our emotions were belittled and suppressed by people who were important to us at the earliest age, or through traumas and circumstances that were far too hard and intensive for a child to confront with in any other way than to split or suppress them.

There is no short-term solution for this, and to people who face this problem I advise a few months or weeks of practicing becoming more aware of their emotions, before we continue with the work. Sometimes through Soulwork we research what caused the split from emotions – and since Soulwork is based on emotional experiences, this research is done on an emotional level. Without a at least some awareness about what the client feels, it is very hard to work in this way.
 

Consequences of Dissociation

The cause for unconscious behavior is also the lack of contact with one’s feelings, the situations when one might say something like: “I cannot understand how he/she cannot see what he or she is doing“, often the incapability to feel empathy with other people, which is the essence of compassion. On the other hand, for these people real compassion for themselves is also impossible, to be true to oneself, and to consequently develop self-respect.

Most people suppress their emotions to some degree, so this is not so much a question of whether this problem exists in someone or not, but rather to which extent it is present. In individual changework, this problem manifests in several ways:

  • rational analysis of situation without the presence of emotional consciousness and insight. Usually the client focuses on external circumstances and other people, not internal experience.
     
  • no answer to questions related to emotions; instead the client usually offers different rational theories, memories or ideas (or very often answers like “I do not know“)
     
  • difficulty to verbalize emotion or to stay conscious of a certain emotion for a longer period of time
     
  • inability to distinguish “mature” from “immature” emotions, which means distinguishing which emotions and responses are appropriate and healthy, and which are not in a given situation.
     
  • inability to recognize and verbalize the memories which are not conscious, sometimes the client rejects the idea that the root of the problem might be in a situation or circumstances that he or she rationally cannot remember. For example, one client told me: “Why do you ask me about my childhood? My childhood has nothing to do with how I feel! I am under stress because of how other people around me behave“. This seems obvious to people who are not aware of their unconscious processes. When we learn to explore beneath the surface of our experience, we can find the reasons why people react so differently to similar circumstances.
     
  • a result of lack of consciousness of the feelings that shape our interpretation of our experiences, often is unawareness, or active rejection, of our responsibility for them
     
  • people often expect quick and external solutions, often hoping that others and outside circumstances would change.

It is easier to work with people with such a problem through metaphors – symbolic images – but since this kind of work also means that they have to, to some extent, relax conscious control and give in to spontaneous associations, difficulties can also occur.

Suggestions

If you recognize yourself in these descriptions, the key solution that I recommend is long-term work in creating closeness to your body and emotions, in the first place in daily determinate observation and detailed research of emotions, and also with body techniques and approaches that intensify body consciousness, like meditation, dance, aromatherapy, massage, baths – approaches that combine work on the physical level with a relaxed consciousness.

Perhaps check my article "Observing Feelings"

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Have You Suffered Enough?

 Where are you now? Understand your emotions, fixations and enmeshments
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Plagiarism is theft. Copyright © Martyn Carruthers 1996-2017 All rights reserved. Soulwork Systemic Coaching was primarily developed by Martyn Carruthers to help people solve emotional problems and relationship conflicts to achieve their goals. These concepts and strategies are for general knowledge only. Consult a physician about medical conditions and before changing medical treatment. Don't steal intellectual property ... get permission to post, publish or teach Martyn's work - email europecoach@gmail.com