Letting Go Of Resentment

Of all of the emotions, resentment can be the most difficult to heal and release. It comes in the form of a feeling that you have been wronged. Other emotions can accompany it, including anger, hatred, sadness, or fear. It is usually caused by a situation that made you feel harmed or hurt in some way.

What Is Resentment?

When you ask, “What is resentment?”, it can be one of the most difficult emotions to define. That is because resentment can take on many outward forms of expression, from outrage to withdrawal and isolation. It is a bitterness that consumes you so that you cannot move on with your life. You feel emotionally stuck and find it hard to forgive.

What Causes Resentment?

To answer the question “What causes resentment?”, you have to find the triggering circumstance. Resentment in marriage can feel like a one-sided relationship. Signs of resentment in marriage can manifest as feelings that your partner is not listening to you or you are having the same arguments over and over. It can also come in the form of fixating on the other’s mistakes, a feeling of hopelessness, or detachment about the relationship.

Bitterness can also come in the form of racial resentment. This emotion stems from a feeling that your race has been mistreated in the past and that your current situation is a result of it. Racial resentment runs deep in many ethnic communities and can be a part of childhood social learning. It is passed from one generation to another until someone decides to stop the cycle.

How to Let Go of Resentment

This feeling can build slowly over time, and it is easy to just accept it as the way things are for you, but it does not have to be that way. Letting go of resentment begins with acknowledging that you have it and then exploring its roots.

The relief process involves forgiveness and not allowing the situation to have power over you anymore. Christina Kim can help you begin the process of letting go, so call for an appointment to start freeing yourself from the past.