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A client I had would never get angry. She shared with me the experiences of enduring daily, public, and highly unfair treatment from a colleague. Her response to the situation was: "This doesn't affect me because I have no Ego. I've moved beyond these things. It's unfortunate that she feels the need to humiliate me to boost herself. I genuinely wish her the best."

For me, that was a clear example of emotional bypassing; When we use spiritual concepts to avoid taking responsibility for our emotions. Sometimes, although it may seem terrifying, we must stop pleasing people and, at least, show a fist on the table.

We are emotionally grown-ups when we can feel and accept that situations like this affect us, and we are able to healthily process them. Suppressing or avoiding anger or any other big emotion doesn’t make us emotionally “sophisticated”. It makes us sick.

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