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Emotional Regulation

Choosing Sadness: The Irony of Depression

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.08.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

My depressed friend wanted relief from his misery, sometimes desperately. He struggled, yet ironically, he often acted in ways that maintained -- rather than alleviated -- his misery. Apparently he's not alone in this sad choice.

Daydream Believing: Imagining Connections

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.12.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

We spend an inordinate amount of our waking time daydreaming -- half of our waking thought, according to some estimates -- and much of this drifting is social in nature. Is it possible that imagining others shapes our momentary feelings and affects our overall well-being -- much like real events? That's the idea that Giulia Poerio and her colleagues have been investigating.

Nervous Laughter, Tears of Joy

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.06.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Everyone has witnessed or experienced discordant expressions -- crying at a wedding, growling at the sight of a newborn baby, screaming in the presence of a teen idol. Are these inappropriate emotional expressions simply embarrassing aberrations? What psychological purpose could they serve?

A Simple Mind Trick That Will Help You Manage Stress

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

In a Seinfeld episode titled "The Jimmy," the character of George finds himself in a stressful situation and starts speaking in the third person: "Geo...

How To Set Limits For Kids Without Harshness, Fear Or Shame

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Kids need boundaries and limits to feel safe. But setting and enforcing them is tricky, especially if you are trying to avoid coercion, threats and bribes.

5 Lessons In Resilience From A Spiritual Giant

meQuilibrium | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living

While Mandela swam through treacherous, shark-ridden waters, many times against the tide, he knew where he was headed. And he never stopped swimming.

A (New And Revised) Silver Linings Playbook

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

What is the most adaptive way to cope when bad things happen? Flexibility may be the key. That is, effective coping may require different regulatory strategies depending on the situation.

How Embracing Negative Emotions Can Improve Your Well-Being (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living

We're often told to look on the bright side, see the glass half-full or fake a smile when we're going through a hard time and experiencing negative em...

How Do You Deal With Your Feelings? It Could Impact Your Anxiety Levels

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living

How you deal with both positive and negative emotions could have big implications for your mental health. Emotional regulation -- whether you avoid yo...

Rodriguez Diaries

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Carol Smaldino

Life isn't only a happiness or tranquility fest, one where emotional regulation means calming and nothing more. It also means the amping up of motivation when there are obstacles to be faced, challenges to be met.

Is Depression an Emotional Mush?

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.11.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Emre Demiralp of the University of Michigan with several colleagues decided to investigate whether people who suffer from serious depression might experience a disability in emotional parsing.

Having Heart: Can We Rethink Life's Stresses?

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.29.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

We tend to think of stress as negative, and arousal as harmful, and indeed we spend lots of time and money--on vacations, fitness clubs, bar tabs--trying to minimize stress. But is it possible that stress is not all that bad, that in fact it may be tonic at times?

Veterans' Anguish and Post-Traumatic Growth

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.23.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

"Cheer up and think positive" is not the way forward. It takes the loving heart of community, skilled steady helping hands, and the courage to paddle, for us to experience real post-traumatic growth and to come back to life.

Why Some People Learn From Bad Experiences Better Than Others

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Why do only some people succeed at learning from their bad experiences, while others fail? It turns out that some of us may have a more adaptive style of self-reflection than others.

A New Psychological Method: Metaphor Therapy

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Many healing traditions make use of jars--variously called God jars, or worry jars. The idea is that you can literally compartmentalize your troubles, and thus take away their emotional power.