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We know the truth not only through our reason but also through our heart.

—Blaise Pascal, 1662/1966, p. 58

It is not unusual for individuals to blunt the impact of painful events by muting their emotional reactions for a time. People are also able to talk about the occurrence of hardships and traumas in subdued tones that belie the sorrow or even terror of their experiences. In many instances, this ability to separate reason from emotion may be adaptive by enabling individuals to survive conditions and not be overwhelmed by their ruling passions. At the same time, it is also possible for persons to come to rely on a pattern of avoiding affective responses to painful encounters that are inevitable in life. Emotions represent essential aspects ...

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