What Is Emotion Regulation?

We all experience moments when our emotions control our actions. When this happens, we often regret the things we say or do and wish we had been able to keep our emotions in check. There are techniques, such as meditation, that can allow you to do just that—along with various other benefits, like mood improvement and increased compassion and empathy.

Recent posts on Emotion Regulation

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By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Your Musical Self
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Carpe Diem: You'll never get today back.

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3 Ways to Regulate Your Emotions

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Between Cultures
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Being Hard on Yourself Doesn't Make You a Better Parent

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How To Be At Peace When Everyone Says You Shouldn't Be

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By Linda Esposito LCSW on September 11, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Are you and your partner repeating the same arguments while expecting a different result? Two words hold the keys to healing.

The Importance of Cuddling

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
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By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Resolution, Not Conflict
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Just How Happy Is Your Dog? It May Take a Quick Eye to Know

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 06, 2017 in Canine Corner
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Empathic Limits in Action: Script for Leaving the Playground

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Anxiety Makes Us Perform Better

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
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Do Bad Feelings Serve a Purpose?

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on September 02, 2017 in Healing and Growing
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15 Reasons to Be Wary About Falling in Love

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
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How Rituals Alter the Brain to Help Us Perform Better

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
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A Recipe for Misery: I'll Be Happy When...

By Meg Selig on August 28, 2017 in Changepower
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Be-Dazzled Instead of Be-Frazzled

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Saying Goodbye? 5 Ideas for Emotionally Healthy Farewells

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on August 21, 2017 in Off the Couch
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Dogs as Healers, Dogs as Co-Therapists for PTSD

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