Unexpressed Feelings: The Consequences for Teen Self Esteem

 The consequences of unexpressed feelings for teens regarding self esteem.Unexpressed Feelings: The Consequences for Teen Self Esteem

We send young children mixed messages about how to handle their feelings. On the one hand, we tell them to express themselves, say what they feel and not be afraid to show their emotions. We also often tell them to stop throwing tantrums. Is this the right parenting strategy? Should we be tougher on our kids to make sure we don’t spoil them? Or, are we being so tough that we’re teaching them to stuff their feelings inside?

It makes sense to teach kids to be strong. This is a tough world, and crying often gets us nowhere. At the same time, stuffing down unexpressed emotion can have profound consequences, especially relating to teen self esteem.

Unexpressed Emotion and Teenage Issues

1. Inappropriate Explosions

An important rule about emotions is that they will always eventually express themselves in some way. If you can’t directly express them, they’ll come out in a different form. One common way for this to occur is via a sudden explosion of rage. Teens who are holding onto unexpressed pain or sadness will often lash out at their parents, siblings or friends.

2. A Constant Need to Stay Busy

Some teens deal with unexpressed feelings by staying active. While taking on a variety of activities and after-school projects can look great on college applications, doing so from a negative emotional place could lead to major burn out.

3. Depression

Everyone is always at risk for depression, and so many factors can play into it that it’s difficult to pinpoint one defining cause. However, it’s safe to say that holding unexpressed anger or sadness inside can put a teen at greater risk. To improve teenage issues, the emotions must be properly dealt with.

Healing Through Healthy Discussions

If you’re a teen who is having a hard time managing your emotions or a parent who is struggling with how to help, consider taking part in one of my retreats. We will discuss a variety of issues related to teen self esteem and explore healthy coping mechanisms. For more information, please contact me

If you’re a teen who is having a hard time managing your emotions or a parent who is struggling with how to help, consider taking part in my Mother daughter retreat.  Please contact me today and we can discuss a variety of issues related to teen self esteem and explore healthy coping mechanisms. Call me at  928-300-0447 or

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