Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the European Union version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Read anywhere Read anywhere
Ways to pay Pocketmags Payment Types
Trusted site
At Pocketmags you get
Secure Billing
Great Offers
Web & App Reader
Gifting Options
Loyalty Points

Unblock your emotional edit

Many of us ignore our more painful emotions, but doing so truncates good feelings too, as Rachel Garnett discovers


Recently, I found out I’d not been invited on a day out that other members of my family attended. It’s not the first time this has happened and I don’t understand why. There’s never been any argument or falling-out; it’s always been very polite. I ignored the rejection I felt – again – and instead told myself: ‘I’m overreacting. There’s no law saying they have to invite me. I’m OK. Surely, in stepfamilies these things happen? I’m going to stop thinking about it.’ I did not even tell my husband about their day out and I carried on as normal. What I was doing is called emotional editing. This is when you internally edit the impact of your true emotions because what you actually feel – in my case rejection – is too painful, or you are too busy to process it.

Emotional editing can either slowly build up or it can be a subconscious reaction to a traumatic time. My lovely friend Amelia was left by the man she loved. She edited her feelings to convince herself that she hadn’t wanted to be with him. In the weeks after he walked out, she was full of plans to travel, run marathons and be fabulously single. Her lacerating hurt only spilled out when he married.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Psychologies - No. 150
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - No. 150
Or 449 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 1.46 per issue
Was €39.99
Now €18.99
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only € 2.92 per issue
Or 1899 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 4.14 per issue
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Psychologies

The latest issue of Psychologies is now available to download.