Dealing With Our Emotions

emotionsRecently, I read a really devotion from Every Man Ministries about our emotions.  How do we as men “typically” deal with the hard stuff in life? The following are some ways in which we respond that can be very destructive both to our lives and those around us. I think it gives us a great idea of what to avoid as we pursue sexual purity AND emotional wholeness…


When it comes to dealing with our emotions, men run for the hills – alone.  We are not good at facing our feelings, let alone talking about them.  Most of us have been trained to treat our emotions like smelly socks that need to be washed, dried, and put back in the drawer.  Here’s what we do:

  • We hide and mask anger.
  • We internalize pressure.
  • We bury losses.
  • We deny being wounded.
  • We withdraw in the face of hard truth.
  • We push people away.
  • We change the scenery.
  • We keep secrets.
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