Is Showing Emotion a Sign of Weakness?

Talking about loss, emotional pain, and suffering isn’t weakness. Resilience, strength, and endurance are all character traits, not emotions. In order to gain or grow in character, experiencing and processing emotion is an absolute prerequisite. Society would see most people skip that step and go straight to the strong part of the equation. As a result, many people inhibit themselves from emotional maturation. For years of their lives they withhold how they truly feel. Suppressing emotions long term is detrimental psychologically, physiologically and spiritually.

Is Showing Emotion a Sign of Weakness?

To put it in layman’s terms: real men feel. Prince Harry recently disclosed that he “really regrets not ever talking about” his mother, Princess Diana’s death. “For the first 28 years of my life”, Harry explains, he did not speak about the event. Encouraging men and women everywhere to speak up about their struggles with mental health, Prince Harry stated some very wise words: “It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognizing it and not solving that problem.”


Appearances Aren’t Everything

Somewhere in people’s minds exists a checklist. This checklist is full of the external possessions and appearances in life. When all, or most, of these things are checked off, someone is “okay”. Assuming someone is “okay” by their appearances is unfair and can be damaging. Evaluating someone’s quality of life by their outsides is horribly disrespectful to their internal experience.

Just because someone has:

  • A job
  • A home
  • A car
  • Financial security
  • A partner
  • A family
  • Friends
  • Hobbies

Does not mean they have:

  • No pain
  • No trauma
  • No depression
  • No insecurities
  • No fears
  • No shame
  • No feelings of loneliness
  • No feelings of desperation
  • No sadness
  • No emotions at all

“It doesn’t really matter” who you are, Prince Harry stated, “everyone can suffer from mental health.”  Carrying the weight of pain, addiction, and alcoholism, is not a challenge. It’s a call for surrender and taking the bold, courageous move to ask for help. Being an emotionally mature, articulate, and regulated person is a demonstrative strength in today’s fast-paced world.


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