Be kind to yourself after the Kavanaugh-Blasey hearings

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Be kind to yourself after the Kavanaugh-Blasey hearings

October 1, 2018

The New York Times interviews researcher at the UW Medicine Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors

Dr. Emily Dworkin, a senior fellow at the University of Washington School of Medicine who researches the use of social support among trauma victims, explained to The New York Times that trauma survivors can regain a sense of power over their experience when they “feel through those tough feelings” instead of tuning out.

“When you start to feel a lot of negative feelings, it’s easy to want to withdraw because it doesn’t feel good,” she said. “But feeling painful feelings is a huge part of self-care.”

There are healthy approaches to this, like journaling and crying when you need to; talking to a therapist or friend; and finding a shoulder to cry on.

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