What you resist, persists.

We long for things to be different, yet we instinctively resist change. Carl Jung famously wrote, “What you resist, persists.” It’s true. What we push aside or avoid about ourselves strengthens and grows more insistent. We especially play this game with emotions. We can override and deny what we would rather not feel with our distracting cell phones, to-do lists, alcohol, drugs, etc. Even honorable activities like caring for others or learning can be used to hide from our true feelings. No matter how hard we try to avoid or dismiss our emotions, they do not disappear. Even when we’re not consciously trying to avoid we can sidestep our feelings. Fear becomes ongoing anxiety or panic, racing p

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