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On Learning to Tolerate My Own Frustration

Thursday, July 31st, 2008 by Gibbs Alan Williams, Ph.D

My experience and attitude towards frustration has been a life long concern for me. For a long time, into my thirties, I of course, knew what frustration was and how it felt. However, when caught up in it I felt it impossible to do any thing about it except to react as if I was drowning in an emotional flood unable to hold onto anything substantial. During these “frustration attacks” I would lose whatever center I had, often lashing out in anger, or withdrawing either literally or physically from the scene of the moment or cutting myself off emotionally by numbing my feelings.


Gibbs Alan Williams has been a psychotherapist for more than 25 years. He currently practices in New York City. For more information, please visit his listing on the Therapist Directory.