I would describe my emotion sharing as reserved. I don’t usually share my emotions with people nor do I like doing so with just anyone. However, I find it easier to share my feelings with people. I think I don’t share my emotions with people because I’ve always suppressed them and was never graced with or taught the ability to identify my emotions or communicate them. As a result, I usually kept them to myself unless I really had to disclose something.
That doesn’t mean I never share my emotions, though. I will usually share my emotions with the people closest to me, with mental health professionals, or with doctors. The people closest to me would be my sisters, my best friend, and sometimes my mom. When I go to counseling, I feel safe enough to talk about my emotions as well.
Generally, sharing my emotions has a positive impact on me and my relationships. After I talk with someone about my emotions, I feel much better and lighter, like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. The relationship also improves because we can connect over emotion-sharing and engage on a more honest level. Since I’ve used suppression as an emotion management tool for the better part of my life, I still find emotional conversations with those closest to me to be very hard. But, I know the importance of opening up and being honest with people, so I try to engage in these interactions with those I care about. I noticed that it’s sometimes easier for me to share my emotions with professionals because I can distance myself more and it can be less personal since I don’t have a personal relationship with them.
Throughout my life, I’ve learned the value of sharing emotions and have gotten significantly better at communicating and identifying them with others. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m glad I know the importance of emotions and emotion-sharing. I’m also very grateful to have people in my life I can talk to.