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EP. 141 Three Reasons Why People Shut Down Emotionally

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Welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast, as well as our last podcast episode for the year of 2021. We are continuing our series on recapturing your voice, and in this particular episode Tim and Kimberly share three reasons why people shut down emotionally. Tune into the episode or keep reading to hear more.

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” When we communicate with people, we have the power to tear them down or build them up. If you are tearing people down instead of encouraging them, you are choosing to stifle their voice.

Does personality type play a role in whether someone loses their voice or not? There are many different ways to characterize an individual's personality, but on today's episode Tim and Kimberly break down what it means to be an introvert, an extrovert, or an ambivert. Introverts are typically more shy and reserved, extroverts are typically more outgoing and social, and ambiverts are typically a balance of introvert and extrovert. Tim explains that extroverts are energized by social settings. Introverts find themselves drained by social events. Tim, as an ambivert, explains that he is drained by social events unless there is a defined purpose to the gathering. No matter your personality type, you don't need to feel guilty for the way you are naturally bent. God has prepared and created you for the life He desires for you.

We lose our voices when we feel afraid. Regardless of our personality types, we can all fall victim to losing our voices. Even extroverts who love to talk can lose their voices and stop sharing what they really feel in their hearts. Tim and Kimberly finish the podcast by sharing three things that kill your voice.

  1. Lack of self-respect. So many experiences can cause a person to lose their self-respect, whether it be from being bullied as a child or being made to feel inferior by a spouse. Often people who lack confidence also lack self-respect.

  2. Fear of not being heard or understood. An adult who was never properly heard as a child will likely grow up to feel like his or her voice doesn’t matter. If a person feels like their words and opinions don’t matter, they will shut down internally.

  3. Feeling inferior, dumber, or less charismatic than someone else. If a spouse speaks as if he or she knows everything, their spouse is going to begin shutting down because every conversation or argument will end the same way. You will never win an argument with someone who cannot admit when they are wrong, and it will cause you to close off.

We each have been created by design to accomplish and fulfill a unique assignment for our lives. You are the only person who can fulfill the assignment for your life. We all struggle with insecurities, but our prayer is that you will understand your value and worth and begin using your voice to fulfill God’s plans for your life.


Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

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