Why Is Distress Intolerance Bad ?

As humans, negative emotions such sadness, anger, or fear are unavoidable. Trying to escape or avoid them is harmful for many reasons.

1. A negative emotion is like a snowball, they get bigger and bigger without proper coping.

2. By continually relying on these escape strategies, you cannot learn more effective ways to cope with emotional distress.

3. You might believe that you need to run from emotional distress because you can’t handle it but you’ll never know how much you can tolerate unless you try to do it.