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Re: emotional flooding? floatingbridge

Posted by workinprogress on May 2, 2010, at 16:58:23

In reply to emotional flooding?, posted by floatingbridge on May 2, 2010, at 14:50:37

My therapist uses this term a lot and I've come to use it as well. Here's how I'd describe when I flood... basically, the feelings are so intense that I can't think it through, I'm totally overwhelmed by feelings- in other words, I am "flooded with feeling". It shuts off your brain. Once you flood, neither you, nor anyone else can really talk you down, it's a wait it out sort of thing. So, the goal is to not "flood".

The way I'm learning to do that:

1) stay present and recognize and name my feelings
2) don't push away feelings (flooding usually results from pushing away our feelings or ignoring them- they get too overwhelming and break through the damn you've built).

Does that fit for you?

In what context did the term come up for you, before you searched for it on Google?


> I came across the term. Some Google searching didn't yeild any satisfying results. Is there a biological basis? Is this an accepted term for widely a recognized phenomenon? What is it exactly? Effective ways to deal with it?

 

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