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Lots of people suffer from an inability to express their true feelings, which can affect relationships and self-confidence. Here are simple ways to overcome this problem.

Step 1: Organize your thoughts
Take time to organize your thoughts before telling them to someone else. You need to understand what you're feeling before you express it.

Write down your thoughts in a notebook; it will help you sort out what is important.

Step 2: Don't wait until you're fed up
Talk out your feelings before you become too fed up with the issue. Excess anger will make it difficult to explain yourself.

Step 3: Be specific
Be specific. Refer to specific issues or events that have bothered you, and when and where they took place. A general statement won't be productive.

Step 4: Describe the feeling
Describe what you felt when the event occurred.

Don't simply say that you're "angry" or "upset," but use as much detail as you can. This will help the other person better understand the issue.

Step 5: Avoid blaming the other person
Avoid blaming the other person. You don’t want them to become defensive. Talk about your reaction rather than about their mistake.

Did You Know?
Morris Albert's 1975 song "Feelings" made it to no. 6 on Billboard's Top 100.

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