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5 thoughts on emotions and honesty

From John Powell’s book, Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?:

  1. Life’s law: Use things and love people.  Don’t get this confused.
  2. I am afraid to tell you who I am because if I tell you who I am, you may not like who I am and it is all that I have.
  3. Emotions are not moral (good or bad). The most common cause of fatigue and sickness is the repression of emotions. Repressed emotions can show as headaches, rashes, allergies, colds, asthma, aching backs and joints. Emotions must be integrated with intellect and will. Having emotions does not mean we always have to act on them. It’s one thing to admit you are angry. It’s another thing to act violently.
  4. If we want others to open up to us, we must open up to them.
  5. The greatest kindness you have to offer is the truth. Most of us feel that others will not tolerate such emotional honesty in our communications. We would rather defend our dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Having rationalized this, our phoniness become nobility and we settle for superficial relationships.


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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