Yep, we all do what works best for us. I just do what works for me, but I don't always cope well. I often do find a way to 'process' my emotions, or work through them (i.e. try to find a way to live with them or accept them), but I can't offer any pearls of wisdom. A few months ago I had a huge crash, after which I experienced massive levels of negative emotions... Anger, bitterness, frustration, resentment, guilt, etc etc. And they didn't disappear quickly. But I felt that perhaps they helped me get through a difficult period. Being angry at the world is sometimes better than feeling defeated. They didn't seem like self-destructive emotions, so I went along with them, and I think they were even empowering. But, yes, negative emotions can eat you up, and I've had my fair share of long-lasting depression in the past, before I ever had ME. I couldn't 'process' (work through) the depression, and it did not go away. It was very destructive, very negative, and impossible to cope with. Nothing positive about it at all. So I guess I was only talking about my recent experiences with emotions, and not my general experiences. I hope my previous post didn't sound preachy. It wasn't meant to be. I've just read it back and it seems a bit preachy.