Living in the Tension

Who like’s tension? Not me.

I would venture to say that when anyone hears the word “tension” we all cringe a little inside.

I was sitting in my Group Dynamics class yesterday where we are learning as future clinicians how to run a group therapy session. The professor opened up the class by handing out a colored wheel, known in the field of Psychology as a “feeling wheel”. The concept behind it is that when you are “checking-in” with your group, this exercise allows each person to take a moment and honestly assess how they’ve been feeling that day.

When I looked at that wheel, I saw the word “joy” on one side, and directly across from it I saw “sad”. I began looking at the descriptive words on both the joy side of the wheel and the sad side, and I realized that I resonated with both sides of the wheel pretty evenly.

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