Preface: even the most healthy and optimistic people experience negative emotions once in a while. This ain't necessarily about neurotic people--it's about everyone who's ever been on the negative side of the emotional spectrum.. which is, well, everyone.
Nor is this necessarily about looking for advice, though we can certainly open the floor to that, too!
The most common negative emotion I experience seems to be anger, mostly manifesting as irritation or frustration.* It's not severe or chronic by any means, and I usually find ways to quickly defuse it, but it's there.
Causes? Well, sometimes...
- I'm impatient! I know what I want, and things beyond my control get in the way.
- It seems as though I have the answer and that same answer should be staring everyone else in the face, too.
- It seems as though the world doesn't keep up with me.
- It seems as though some organizational things ought to be done in a different way so that we all better meet our goals (and, if that's impossible, I would like for my goals to be met!!)
- Control over things is psychologically pleasing but, in some situations, it's impossible.
Sure, when it comes to negative emotions, I experience some sadness or anxiety once in a while--but this frustration is the thing that crops up most often.
So, how about you? What gets you? Whenever you're down, how does being down express itself for you?
*of course, during my previous bouts with untreated "bipolar lite," my answer would be different.