It seems like it never ceases to be relevant as well as imperative to be reminded of the importance of expressing emotions. It is fascinating how such an obvious thing at first sight is easily overlooked or “forgotten”. It appears what we cannot say or express bears a huge amount of significance; it keeps simmering inside until it reaches boiling point and at this stage it becomes overwhelmingly too much. So, it spills all over, slips through every presented opportunity; and it often comes out in the most unwanted, ugliest ways.
There is a time and a place for unravelling and discovering emotional experiences. Such a place is often found within psychotherapeutic situation. Fyodor Dostoyevsky once wrote that “much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.” He must have sensed something was rather important about the ability to articulate and express things. He also notes the great difficulty of articulating a thought. There is always something that escapes understanding because it is never quite possible to express exactly what is on one’s mind. “There is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one’s idea for thirty-five years; there’s something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever” (F.Dostoyevsky).
Finding your language to express emotional experiences is difficult, and even though it may only be possible to articulate your thoughts to a certain degree, it still is of immense importance to try. This is what one needs some assistance with. It takes some help in navigating through emotions, in questioning and exploring thoughts, and linking them together to determine connections which then facilitate better understanding. This help is accessible through psychotherapy. It facilitates a very unique kind of verbal exploration, where new kinds of thoughts might emerge and shed some light on those emotions hiding in the darkest corners of our minds.