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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Aug 10, 2023

Episode Summary:

Most people can identify with physical pain. We've all been there… a broken arm, a skinned knee, a sunburn. But there are other less discussed types of pain that cause just as much and sometimes even more damage in people's lives. Most people don't talk about emotional pain. It's too embarrassing. It's too hurtful. But this is something we need to have an open conversation about if we really want to find hope, help, and healing. Join me with Dr. Mel Tavares as we talk about emotional pain. What is it and what do we do about it?

Quotables from the episode:

  • Emotional pain is discomfort or mental anquish caused by a negative, nonphysical origin but that continues to replay in our mind, resulting in mental or emotional distress.
  • Emotional pain is the angst that is experienced with the myriad of negative emotions that cause us to question or downplay our value, worth, or identity.
  • Prolonged emotional pain often precipitates discouragement, depression, anxiety, or despair and frequently leads to self-medicating behaviors such as drinking, reliance on drugs, overspending, and even workaholism.
  • The lack of resolution of negative feelings can result in chronic emotional pain that continues to play out in other circumstances or areas of life.
  • We have a choice about how to respond to the emotional pain we feel, even when it is the result of injustice or deep betrayal.
  • God use painful emotional experiences to grow us in our walk with Him,

Scripture References:

  • Psalm 43:5 “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
  • Psalm 103:2-5 “Praise the Lord, my soul, ad forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

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Dr. Mel Tavares spent her earlier career working in education, rehabilitation, and counseling. She holds a doctorate of ministry and is also a mental health coach. She has spent over three decades encouraging, counseling, and equipping others to thrive in life.  Her heartbeat is to equip people with a balanced approach to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through writing, speaking at events, and guesting on podcasts. Her latest book is “21 Days to Improved Mental Well-Being” and she is the perfect guest to join the conversation today as we discuss emotional pain.

Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson