I'm a feelings junkie. As a pisces, I absorb a lot of energies and have become intentional about developing emotional management skills to avoid getting overwhelmed. This largely involves communicating my needs, which sounds simple enough, but is a common challenge for most people and takes a lot of practice.
That being said, it's no surprise that one of my favorite shows is This Is Us - arguably the most tear-inducing piece of content to ever grace NBC. At least I think so. Season 3, Episodes 11 and 12 in particular really affected me as I had been processing the ways in which families harbor secrets in order to protect their loved ones. Of course, this usually backfires when the truths begin to unfold.
Shows like This Is Us, as cliche as it may sound, aid in our healing process because they reflect back to us what we wish we could communicate or express without fear, judgement or rejection. Our parents may not have had the tools to unpack their traumas, identify their triggers, and convey their emotions, but we now have an incredible opportunity in this golden time of information to create a different reality for ourselves--one that benefits our relationships and promotes personal growth in all facets of our lives.
The writing has a way of tapping into the subconscious to reveal what we're often unwilling or unprepared to see. What shows have helped the way you understand communication and interaction dynamics between friends/family in your life? Yes, I know it's fiction, but I challenge you to look deeper, read between the lines and identify connections.