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Emotional Jar Analogy

Emotional Jar Analogy

Emotional Jar Analogy

One way that I like to explain to clients about depression is with the emotional jar analogy. Imagine you have this glass jar with a top on and every time something happens and events such as you lose your job or you had a fight with your boyfriend or things are not going well at work, you put all those emotions about those events in this jar. Your anger, happiness, sadness - everything goes in that jar. There comes a point when the jar does not fit anything else in there, so what's going to happen? It's going to blow up and it's not going to look nice and what it's gonna look like with some symptoms of depression, anxiety, or anything else that comes up. Sometimes it might even be showing up in some physical things. So what happens when you come to therapy? Well, when you come to therapy, you can work through those emotions, process each of those events to find some emotional relief.

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Natalia Boucher, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Offers Individual, Group, and Couples Therapy
  • Fully bilingual – English and Spanish

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