The Purpose Of Sadness

The purpose of sadness

It happens to me a lot – I feel sad without really knowing why. There are days like this when sadness hugs me and holds me captive. Where I feel an inexplicable feeling of anger. An anger that combines with apathy and discouragement and tarnishes my day and the goals I have set for myself.

You may be familiar with this feeling. And most of us would give a lot so that those gray days never appear on the horizon again. How much we would like to remove sadness from our lives forever. Just as we would like a large brush to remove this annoying dust from our homes.

“At that moment I began to experience a terrible sadness, but at the same time I felt something like a tingling sensation in my soul.”

Fiodor Dostoievski

Positive and negative emotions

If we feel this way, it’s because we’ve learned from childhood that there are positive and negative emotions. We may also be told how anger, anger, or sadness could be hidden or avoided. Because we should never show them. This is a custom that only makes us sick, despite the promise that if we just pretend everything is okay, we could make a good impression on everyone around us.

If there are days when we are sad and angry, there has to be a reason for it. All emotions have a purpose. The biological components that are chemically orchestrated by our brain have a very clear function. They are designed to help us adapt and survive in all the scenarios we are faced with on a daily basis. For example, sadness warns us that something is wrong and that we should shift down a gear, pause and analyze before making decisions. So there is no such thing as negative emotions. They all serve a purpose that we must discover and embrace.

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Most psychologists find that their patients are really surprised when they are diagnosed with depression. They are often convinced that what they have experienced in the past few months was a simple case of sadness. On the flip side, there are those who go to a therapist or their doctor and ask for treatment for depression when in reality they are clearly intolerant of emotions such as sadness, anger, or frustration. These circumstances undoubtedly present a real problem and remind us of the importance of teaching in the realm of our emotions.

Something we can’t ignore is that some people just don’t tolerate sadness. And yet this emotion is necessary for our personal development, for our daily growth. Usually, however, it is not well received, not understood.

So we need to recognize the difference between sadness and depression and the practical uses of sadness.

The characteristics of sadness and its purpose

First, let’s define sadness. In the first place, we need to realize that it is a normal feeling that we should be able to tolerate in order to deal with its causes. A second point that should always be remembered is that, like anger, sadness always has a trigger, a motive. Something that often doesn’t apply to depression.

Sadness is a very active, living emotion. It may surprise us, but the goal of sadness is to make us feel strong, alive, and brave in the face of the adversities of life. It forces us to stop and focus, and so it is common for us to feel more tired, slower, and less receptive to external stimuli. Sadness, like anger, insists that we separate ourselves from the outside world for a moment and look inside ourselves to see what is happening and what bothers us, hurts and angered us. Because only then can we work on it and maybe change our circumstances so that we can take a step forward with a new courage to live.

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What if what I have is actually depression?

As laypeople, we cannot rule out that what we have is actually a depression. To find out if that is the case, we need to know the symptoms and characteristics of this psychological disorder. For this reason pro before we play a guessing game.

For guidance, however, let’s look at a few basic characteristics that distinguish depression from simple sadness:

  • While sadness is a normal and functional emotion, depression is dysfunctional and adversely affects all areas of our lives.
  • It is not always necessary for something to “happen” for us to develop depression. Most of the time there are no specific triggers. Indeed, there are patients with what appears to be a perfect life, and yet they cannot help but feel desperate and depressed.
  • Feelings of exhaustion, discomfort, and negativity are chronic.
  • You stop being interested in life, you do n’t feel like anything anymore.
  • Sleep disorders occur as insomnia or.
  • Negative thoughts become permanent companions, but the feeling of guilt is also felt.
  • Thoughts of suicide can occur.
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Every time we go through a new day feeling like we’re sad and don’t know why, we have to take responsibility for ourselves. We need to devote time and attention and understand that all emotions have a purpose. If we cannot understand this, if what we are experiencing is helplessness and fear of responsibility, then we must seek help in trying to remove this dangerous darkness from our lives.

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