Comforting a Friend in Distress. Are You Doing It Right?

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March 5.2021


Emotions like sadness, anger, and disappointment have always been part of the human experience. Maybe now, more than ever, we and people we know, are going to lose composure, have meltdowns, be afraid of the future, and get swept away by the pain of uncertainty, loss, or confusion.

Mental health practitioners often stress the importance of having a support system (friends/family that we confide in).




The benefits of using a support system include:

– Processing difficult feelings by verbalizing them.

– Working through the feelings with a natural release of that emotion.

– Deepening the connection with those whom we confide in.

– Reconditioning ourselves to learn that vulnerability can be a healthy and necessary unburdening of the heavy loads we are used to carrying.

– Having a disconfirming experience: instead of being rejected when we are vulnerable, we have the experience of being accepted and understood, making sharing our emotions a bit easier next time.


Unfortunately, instead of using our support system, many of us have been conditioned to not ask for help, but to be tough or strong, and try to handle things on our own. Also, we’ve been conditioned to not express certain emotions and/or vulnerability (especially as men) … Continue reading Robert Oleskevich’s article on Hero’s Journey Therapy





Robert Oleskevich, is a licensed psychotherapist, world traveler, and an expat. He lived in over 30 different countries, worked with adolescents, expats, and third culture kids. These days, he provides counseling and therapy to people dealing with the social and emotional challenges of living in Asia, with a focus on expats in HCMC Vietnam.

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