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Constructive Wallowing

How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them

Feeling Bad Can Lead You to Feeling Better Faster

Actress-turned-therapist Tina Gilbertson offers a practical and effective alternative to kicking yourself when you’re down. Constructive Wallowing will not only help you reach your potential but also heal from past hurts and feel better about yourself, right this minute. It is tempting to turn away from menacing, uncomfortable feelings like anger, grief or regret and treat them like unwanted guests. However, ignoring them just seems to make them stick around. By learning to accept, rather than suppress, difficult feelings, you’ll gain greater self-understanding for lifelong emotional health.


  • Take your own side and free yourself from the trap of self-criticism
  • Use the T-R-U-T-H Technique to get out from under yucky feelings
  • Neutralize old emotions that sap your energy and undermine your joy
  • Allow painful feelings to let go of you, instead of the other way around
  • Build a healthier, more loving relationship with the most important person in your life: You


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"This wise and witty book shows why pushing bad feelings away never works, and offers a practical approach to the more liberating alternative of allowing yourself to feel them."
—Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

"Where cognitive therapy teaches you what's wrong with your thinking, Tina Gilbertson's Constructive Wallowing teaches you what's right with your feeling. Her style is light and breezy but her message is profound. Both wise and engaging—like a great therapist—this book can start you on the path of self-awareness and self-acceptance that is the essence of healing. And it's good for therapists too." 
—Elio Frattaroli, M.D., author Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain

"When Tina talks about feelings you want to listen because an 'Aha' moment is usually sure to follow."
—Lisa Voisin, author of The Watcher

Psychotherapist TINA GILBERTSON, LPC, is a former actress with credits that include TV's "The X-Files." She counsels individuals and adults and teaches personal growth classes in Portland, Oregon.