by Doug Weiss, Ph.D.
This is a useful introductory exercise for those struggling to understand and express feelings:
I feel (put word here) when (put a present situation when you feel this).
I first remember feeling (put the same feeling word here) when (explain earliest occurrence of this feeling)
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