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Show 1063: How to Apply Emotional First Aid (Archive)

Learn how you can apply emotional first aid to recover from slights, hurt feelings and other minor emotional injuries that occur in everyday life.
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How to Apply Emotional First Aid (Archive)

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Life is never completely smooth and easy. Along with bruised shins and skinned knees, we all experience hurt feelings from time to time. Perhaps we got left out of the game, or our best friend decided to hang out with somebody else. What do you do in a situation like this? How can you learn to be emotionally resilient?

Your Emotional First Aid Kit:

Just as children learn how to apply first aid for cuts and scratches, they should learn about emotional first aid for minor psychological injuries. But usually they don’t. In fact, most adults are clueless about how to treat small emotional wounds. The appropriate preventive steps can keep such slights from turning into big psychological problems because they were neglected.

Now you can learn about the emotional first aid that can help short-circuit rumination, overcome loneliness and turn failure into an opportunity for self-discovery.

This Week’s Guest:

Guy Winch, PhD, is a psychologist and author. His books include The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships and Enhance Self-Esteem along with his most recent: Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure and Other Everyday Hurts

His website:

He also writes the Squeaky Wheel blog at

You can also find him on Twitter:

His TED Talk, Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid, is among the top 5 most inspirational TED Talks on You can find a link to it here.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I’m inspired by Dr. Winch and the current mental state of Americans enough to put some effort into “repairing” minds. If more people would learn how to heal emotions perhaps we’d see fewer suicides, murders, and naked men on airplanes. Perhaps if more knew how to heal their emotions fewer would turn to alcohol and drugs, reducing homelessness and other related and growing problems. I’m going to start locally by donating money and working with local librarians to get more books on the shelves and visible. It’s probably not a quick fix, but it’s something I can do.

How does one listen to the podcast? It sounds interesting.

PLEASE provide the transcripts for these podcasts!

Being alone versus being lonely.
I’m disappointed that you did not make that distinction. There’s a big difference.
I hope you haven’t made people feel badly about themselves for being alone . It’s one of my favorite things to do.

Excellent comment – I fully agree. There’s plenty of (newer) research to suggest that some people (especially those of a higher intelligence level) are actually happier when alone, and it doesn’t necessarily mean they “feel lonely”. The stigma of “being alone” is something that CAN make people feel bad, and should be reconsidered

I haven’t listened to this podcast so can’t comment on what was said. I really wish you’d provide transcripts for these broadcasts.

My go-to remedy for emotional distress is EFT (emotional freedom technique). This tapping procedure is related to accupressure and is quick, easy and doesn’t require anything but your fingers. I’ve been using it with excellent results for almost 20 years. (Google it for instructions.)

Great show with commentary about the fact that humans are terrible at apologies, and terrific guidance on why this is the case, and how to be a better person by learning empathetic ways to be your best toward others, especially those you have hurt during the course of your efforts in life or work.

Thank You for this Newsletter. It is awesome!!!

Rae ~ I’m a 73 years old female, in good health and would like to continue on this path. I enjoy your newsletters. Always something to learn~ Thanks!

Me too. I am a 72 year-old female in good health. No diagnoses. No meds. Your books, newspaper columns, podcasts and newsletters have helped me immensely. And my family and friends too. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

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