When It Comes to Painful Emotions, Don’t Think — Just Feel

Some things are just sad

Michele DeMarco, PhD
Elemental
Published in
7 min readJan 8, 2021

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Five words was all it took to break through the blockade that surrounded my heart, freeing it to feel legitimate pain and eventually inspiring it to let go:

Some things are just sad.

A wise friend said this to me over dinner six months after I, at age 33, had suffered two…

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Michele DeMarco, PhD
Elemental

Award-winning writer, therapist, clinical ethicist, and researcher specializing in moral injury. I talk about the stuff many won’t. micheledemarco.com