The Top 10 Most Commonly Trapped Negative Emotions: Energy Therapy
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The Top 10 Most Commonly Trapped Negative Emotions

Letting go of trapped emotions

 Why Are Trapped Emotions Important To Know About

All the organs, tissues and cells in the body have an energetic frequency. Negative emotions and negative thoughts have a different energetic frequency than healthy cells and tissue. Because of that, they can distort the organs, tissues and cells that surround wherever they’re stored in the body.

When the energetic frequency of the body gets too low, dis-ease has a perfect environment to live in!

Dr. Gary Young, negative energetic frequency of emotions

So simply put, you can improve your health by making your body an environment where dis-ease can’t thrive. Releasing trapped negative emotions is the best way I know how to start letting that self-healing body of yours do its job! And releasing trapped negative emotions can never hurt, so you have nothing to lose (but emotional baggage you didn’t want anyway, right?).

Why Do Emotions Get Trapped In the Body?

Any emotional energy that we don’t fully experience and process, can get trapped in the body.

  • When we talk ourselves out of feeling how we really do

    How many times have you told yourself it is “ridiculous to get upset over this!” or “not worth upsetting dad” to bring up. Those types of situations cause you to be at risk for trapping emotions. Emotions want a “voice” and if they are not acknowledged, they won’t go away.

  • When we are isolated at the time of the event

    When we are isolated while dealing with a stressful event, we are at risk for trapped emotions. I believe this is because it is human nature to find comfort in the sharing of our emotions — positive and negative. When we can’t reach out, we may be less likely to really feel them and experience them. It often feels safer to let go emotionally with someone else.

  • When we have never experienced something similar before

    Not having any coping skills for the specific event that’s bringing up negative emotions can really leave us “stuck.” If it’s the first time you are experience something, a death of a loved one for instance, you are more likely to “freeze” emotionally than you would be if you had coping skills for the situation. You would be more likely to have coping skills if you learned them during an earlier similar life event.

The Top 10 Most Commonly Trapped Negative Emotions

The top 10 negative emotions on my list are the ones I see most often, in most people. Now, remember, these are just the ones that I commonly find to be lodged in the body. Certain events or years of your life can create different types of emotions, and even multiples of the same ones. These are just a general list of what comes up most during my sessions with clients, and for myself! Also keep in mind, they don’t all have to get stuck! Negative emotions aren’t bad. They can only harm if you don’t let them go.

The definition of the emotions are provided by Dr. Bradley Nelson, founder of The Emotion Code. Under each, I have given my opinion as to why these might get stuck more easily than other negative emotions like fear, panic or heartache.

1. Anxiety

A generalized feeling of uneasiness and foreboding; a fear of the unknown; fear without a subject reason.
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:
Anxiety is probably the thing I see that most people repress. It’s my belief that anxiety is just another emotion (or a mix of them) trying to come up! People can have a hard time identifying where the anxiety is coming from, what it is and when it started. It often becomes such a common feeling that we come up with all kinds of ways to ignore it.

2. Disgust

A feeling of loathing; when good taste or moral sense is offended; a strong aversion.
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:

Disgust is a feeling that is low enough on the radar to not say anything about. It’s not like anger where you can lose your temper and it comes bellowing out. Disgust is more of an internal ruminating that one often keeps to themselves and festers over.

3. Grief

Intense emotional suffering caused by loss, disaster, misfortune, etc.; an acute sorrow and deep sadness. A universal reaction to bereavement. Also can be feeling harassed, vexed or exasperated
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:

Grief is something that we don’t often “have time for.” There are so many things humans have the tendency to grieve over. We often need to grieve over the loss of something we never attain (a job, for example), our expectations (the actions of a friend who doesn’t meet them) and many many other things. It’s easily overlooked because we don’t see things as important enough to take the time to say “we’re really feeling that loss,” unless it’s something we think is big enough like the death of a loved one.

4. Self-abuse

Abusing the self emotionally includes negative self-talk (e.g. “Iʼm such an idiot”), blaming the self, etc.  Abusing the self physically includes mistreating the body by use of addictive substances; to not care for the body by lack of sleep, proper diet or nutrition; to work beyond what one can or should endure; to punish or tax oneself excessively.  Illnesses can be forms of self-abuse (e.g., “I don’t deserve to be healed.”)
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:

We are masters at this! This one becomes easily trapped because we do it so often and we are usually the last people we will give a break to. Many people are willing to forgive others more easily than themselves. In addition, many people think this is a helpful behavior/emotion because it keeps them motivated and so on.

5. Unsupported

A lack of support, help or encouragement; not provided for by another; not defended when help is needed; feeling the burden is too heavy to bear alone.
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:

This one goes back to being isolated. Feeling unsupported is scary and makes us feel like we have nowhere to turn. When we have nowhere to turn, we don’t know what to do. And when that happens, we usually find a distraction and don’t really work through the feelings and let them go.

6. Humiliation

A painful loss of pride, dignity or self-respect; to feel mortified; embarrassed.
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:

This one comes up a lot! This is a very difficult thing to process because it’s hard to admit and share our humiliation. Also, with society’s expectations and how we tend to buy into them, we have plenty of opportunities to allow ourselves to feel humiliated over human mistakes, actions or simply how we look/act compared to what we think is the norm.

7. Overwhelm

To be overpowered in mind or emotion; extreme stress; feeling overpowered with superior force; feeling excessively burdened.
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:

This is often self-inflicted. We live in a society where we never feel we’re doing enough, fast enough, good enough. So, we take on more. And then we get overwhelmed. Also, we can tend to be overwhelmed with emotion and if we don’t want to feel that, we can bury it and it can become trapped.

8. Worthless

Of no importance or value; without excellence of character, quality or esteem; serving no purpose.
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:

So many of us have given other people permission to define our worth. We are so caught in a pattern of this that we just hang on to how we didn’t live up to someone’s expectations, or that they thought “x, y or z” about us. We hold tight to those perceptions and are scared to let go of them, sometimes because we don’t really know who we are; and sometimes because other people’s perceptions of us serve us (let us “off the hook” for things we don’t want to do, for example).

9. Lost

Unable to see the correct or acceptable course; having no direction. Physically lost most often shows up from childhood (e.g. being lost in the woods and canʼt find the way home). Emotionally lost refers to a feeling of being unable to see what the right decision or direction is; being unable to find emotional stability.
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:

Feeling lost in life is so common. And, such a scary feeling. But, we often don’t know how to get out of it. We don’t take the time to really feel out where we want to go next. It’s often too scary to live our own truth and follow our dreams. We may be “at a loss” as to how to handle something as well. Being physically lost plays into being isolated and whenever we are alone during something scary, it tends to get trapped more easily; especially if we have no coping skills and no one one to lean on to help us.

10. Conflict

Internal Conflict is a mental and emotional struggle within the self, arising from opposing demands or impulses. (e.g. He was feeling conflicted about whether or not to take the new job). External Conflict is to fight; to disagree or be disagreeable; to struggle or battle against; to antagonize. Prolonged strife or struggle (e.g. She and her ex-husband experience continual conflict about custody of their children).
Why I think it’s on the Top 10 list:

Conflict with others often gets stuck because we are programmed not to speak our truth; to not “rock the boat.” This can be a real downfall because we can have a conflict with another person, but never push for an understanding and/or resolution of it, either of which will allow us to let it go. Far more common to be trapped in the body though, is an internal conflict. This is something we just couldn’t follow our heart on, something we knew wasn’t right but did anyway, or a time where one direction would make things easy but the other direction would make things harder for someone else or ourselves (you were internally conflicted). Often an internal conflict gets trapped because we did nothing at all; we decided to let life or someone else decide for us.

How To Let Negative Emotions Go For Good

There are a several ways I help people let their negative emotions go. Here are just a few:

  • Intent! Intending to release negative emotions can be a big part in their actual release. Saying an affirmation of intent is always helpful whenever you are done “feeling” your emotion and are ready to let it go. Simply say “I intend to release this ______ from my body now.” Say it several times a day or when you are having an intense moment. This will only help signal to your body that it is safe to let it go.
  • Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or another tapping technique (I use others called temporal tapping, midline tapping and chakra tapping too)! This helps actually rebalance our body’s energy in relationship to those events and emotions; releasing the charge from our body.
  • Using The Emotion Code technique, where we use a magnet to actually move and release the emotional energy stored in the body.
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21 responses to “The Top 10 Most Commonly Trapped Negative Emotions”

  1. Beverly says:

    Hi Amy,

    Thanks for your info. Please check out The Emotion Code Yahoo Group. Somewhat inactive, goes in spurts, but users finding novel ways to use TEC and TBC……

    • energyhealing says:

      Hi Beverly,
      Thanks so much for your comment. I love both The Emotion Code and The Body Code! I’ll take a look at The Emotion Code Yahoo Group. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Aman says:

    I think unresolved conflicts should be on here….

  3. Aman says:

    Oh, I must have missed it. I wanted to delete my original comment and repost but
    couldn’t. I love your work and your blog Amy!

    • energyhealing says:

      Don’t worry at all Aman! There was a long list so it was easy to miss. Thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog and work :)

  4. Cathy says:

    Love this article. I’ve had great results with the Emotion Code and EFT – a aromatherapist once told me that a lot of stuff gets held around the hips, causing tension and tightness in this area. I would also suggest some bodywork, possibly using aromatherapy oils could help to loosen up these stuck emotions.

  5. anna papa says:

    Hi . I have let go off trapped fear i still feel the remnants. Of leering
    How can i release the hurt put on me

  6. Gaironesa Majiet says:

    Thanks for all the positive information!

  7. Daryl Jones says:

    Hi Amy. I just used the intent tecnique to easy myself of the anxiety I have had since my divorce about 10 years ago. I found myself reliving the pain I went through and somehow going back to that day with all its thoughts and feelings. I found tears streaming down my face but felt a sense of relief. Thank you so much for posting. Daz.

  8. Blue says:

    Thank you for this information it was so helpful. I’ve recently started attending a therapy session and the therapist pointed out these very same things as you have. So while im reading your blog I am nodding my head in total agreement that this is me all the way! I’ve always thought of myself as being in control of my life but this is affirmation for me as to all the work that has to be done in me.

    • amybscher says:

      Keep moving forward! It really does make all the difference. I am sending you big blessings and awesome energy for your journey.

  9. bee says:

    I will definitely try your suggestions.. my fingers are slipping from the end of a rope. I want to regain my grip. Thanku

  10. Brigitte says:

    Hi Amy, I love your site, thank you, Where does resentment or jealousy from someone else fall under? It’s towards my pets, and they only have me, so I can’t abandon or ignore them and won’t, Love and Light, XXX

    • amybscher says:

      It’s hard to say what jealousy is…perhaps some belief around things/people “needing” you? Or maybe anger? Jealousy is its own emotion though and doesn’t really fall under one of these that are listed.

      • Brigitte says:

        Thanks Amy, you have given me a good lead to follow up on. Keep up the great work. Love and Light. Regards, B

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A note from Amy

I was once where you are so I totally get ya’. After suffering from a myriad of challenges from general anxiety about life to Lyme disease, endometriosis and every autoimmune disease under the sun, I ended up on a search for something deeper than a “fix”. I went to many alternative practitioners – but I couldn’t relate to a single one of them. As a very grounded-in-reality person, many were just too ‘woo woo’ for me and I couldn’t integrate their guidance into my very real-life, life. Then I found myself on an adventurous path of emotional healing — using energy therapy. Talk about ‘woo woo’ right? But with it, I learned. I unfolded. I let go.
My ultimate healing, the kind that goes deep down to your core and makes you whole again, came from following this road. And yours just might too.