Most Americans Keep Their True Feelings Bottled Up Even To Close Friends And Family

May 30, 2019

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When you’re sad or stressed, do you have someone you can reach out to in confidence for help? Even though most people do, a new survey suggests millions of Americans simply keep their feelings bottled up. A quarter of the 2,000 adults questioned in this survey said they didn’t have someone to privately to turn to for their private struggles or thoughts. Seven in ten participants admitted that when sharing their feelings they tend hold back their true feelings. And a staggering 90% of participants say they downplay their emotions so they don’t burden or worry a loved one. On the whole, participants between the ages of 18 and 30 are much more withdrawn than participants over 50 years old when discussing potentially anxiety-inducing topics like finances, job stress, parents and family, or other friends, with a partner. Continuously holding back many emotions at once causes stress and anxiety to manifest in physical ways. The survey indicated that the top five physical symptoms of holding back emotions are difficulty sleeping, difficulty focusing, irritability, and poor eating habits. Three in ten participants say they’re more likely to cry when stressed, and there is a pattern to where and when these crying attacks occur. Slightly more than half (53%) admit they’ve cried in their car, 40% have broken down at a family event, and 34% cried at their job from the stress and lack of emotional release. Another 29% say they’ve shed tears just walking down the street, and 16% have done so at the grocery store. While therapy can help many people with bottled up feelings, 75% said they are hesitant about going to therapy because of the stigma surrounding seeking professional help for mental and emotional problems.

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SOURCE: Study Finds

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