I love this essay and think it's really powerful and important. I especially connect with the "forget how you feel" message, and realize how easy & useless it can be to sink into the quagmire of feelings.
Recently though, I stumbled onto a realization. If I "name" my feelings, their power lessens.
For example, one day last week I was feeling extremely anxious and afraid. I thought to myself, "I am afraid. I am anxious." I then moved on...I did not linger on those feelings, analyze them, or try to explain or rid myself of them.
I actually felt my heart rate come down. I felt calmer & better able to function.
Could it be that the act of naming the feelings accessed the thinking part of my brain (neocortex?) allowing me to in a sense, pull away & get some distance from the feeling?
I've done this a few times now & it worked well each time. It's really fascinating to me.