Psychology of Cancer Stages Archives - Karen Berrios

Psychology of Cancer Stages

Psychology of Cancer Stage 9: Sense of being “entrapped”

As we have been learning the different stages of the “Psychology of Cancer” today, we are focusing on stage 9 – “The Sense of Being Entrapped.” It is difficult to imagine that in today’s modern world people can actually feel trapped in unwanted situations. There are so many organizations, programs, systems in place in our…

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Psychology of Cancer Stage 8: Negative Emotions

We’ve been following the different stages of the “Psychology of Cancer” and this one, “Negative Emotions” refers to how a person finds no outlet to express their wounded feelings. Usually, in this stage, a person accumulates their emotional toxicity and keeps it within. In other words, this type of reaction will cause a person to…

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Psychology of Cancer: Stage 7, Guilt

Guilt. Such a low vibrating emotion. Such a thief of joy. It’s the 7th stage in Flower Society’s Psychology of Cancer and they describe it as the following:  “Guilt: Taking action to break free from the particular psychological bind seems impossible, either because of ethical obligations, moral dictates, love attachments or other obstacles. Simply getting…

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Psychology of Cancer: Stage 6 Powerless Anger

Powerless Anger…even just those two words standing alone are so powerfully charged. You can almost feel immediately what powerless anger is. It’s feeling like you are up against something that just isn’t right. Your emotions feel hot and yet you feel hopeless, like there is nothing you can do. A quiet anger. Flower Society describes…

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Psychology of Cancer: Stage 5, Resentment

In continuing our series with the psychology of cancer and the 14 stages associated with it, I think resentment (stage 5) is one of the most important ones to cover. Flower Society describes the resentment stage as a time when there are “hidden feelings of bitterness, resentment and sense of having been unjustly treated by…

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Psychology of Cancer: Helplessness Stage 4

In continuing our series on the Psychology of Cancer, I am excited to get to the fourth stage, helplessness. Excited because I have some very intricate thoughts around this stage and I hope I can offer perspective that you can use for yourself. I believe emotions are part of our human nature. They give us…

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Psychology of Cancer Stage 3: Hopelessness

The third stage in the Psychology of Cancer is Hopelessness. This is typically the stage where the person feels like there is no end in sight to this hardship. I understand the feeling of “What can I even do?” or “What is the point? This is out of my control” but I want to remind…

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Psychology of Cancer Stage 2: Grief and Despair

In continuing our series about the psychology of cancer, we went over that there were 14 stages that one goes through on their cancer journey. The first was shock, and the second is Grief and Despair. Let’s go over this second stage. At this point in time, the person can be living in deep grief…

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Psychology of Cancer Stage-1: Shock

Can we talk openly about the psychology of cancer? There are 14 different documented stages people go through and I can honestly say I resonate with many of them. Each week, I’d like to cover a stage. My hope is that we can foster a discussion around something that matters to so many of us,…

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