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—like 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

Top Tips for Festive-Season Survival

By Atalanta Beaumont on December 02, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
These tips will help you get through the holidays.

5 Science-Based Ways to Break the Cycle of Rage Attacks

By Christopher Bergland on December 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Rage is contagious. If you, or someone you know, is a "rageaholic" this blog post offers five science-based ways to break the vicious cycle of Intermittent Explosive Disorder.

Respectful Disagreements

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Face It!
With the holidays upon us after one of the most controversial elections, here are some tips on how to engage in respectful disagreements.

You Can Catch a Bad Mood

We must be mindful of the people we associate with in order to protect our psychological health.
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'Tis the Season to Stay Calm

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Kitchen Shrink
Expecting people to change is unrealistic—especially during Christmas dinner.

This Holiday Season, Choose What You're Going to Savor

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Research suggests that the effects are different when you just do something versus when you savor that something.

A Hopeful Right Turn in Treating Addictions

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Listen Up!
Tired of the unhelpful stigma and shaming surrounding addiction treatment? Here's a different approach.

The Psychology of Insults

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in The Human Beast
Having been through an election that was won on the basis of insults, it's time to study why we so often put others down.

Study: Fear of the Unknown Compounds Many Anxiety Disorders

By Christopher Bergland on November 21, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Groundbreaking research on fear-based psychopathology offers interesting clues for new ways to overcome many anxiety disorders.

A Laughing Matter

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in Your Future Self
Comedians deserve deep, heartfelt gratitude. They’re not just funny. We actually need them.

Survive and Thrive

By Deborah Barrett Ph.D., LCSW on November 19, 2016 in Paintracking
Experiencing distress? Yoga may help you let go of unnecessary suffering.

New Findings on Emotions in Borderline Personality Disorder

Being rejected is particularly painful for people with borderline personality disorder as shown by new research on emotional regulation and its relation to rejection sensitivity.

The Benefits of Adversity

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in A Sideways View
How do you react when things go wrong? Some say we learn nothing from success but a lot from failure.

The Soothing Balm of Music

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Your Musical Self
Music can help us cry, grieve, and ultimately feel relief. Here are 9 ways to harness that.

Is Your Past Sabotaging Your Future?

By Atalanta Beaumont on November 18, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
Don't let your past get in the way of your future

Progress and Vulnerability: Difficult Companions

By Rick Miller LICSW on November 16, 2016 in Unwrapped
A simple reminder as we navigate an increasingly complex world: When we fully inhabit ourselves, outside forces cannot find space to move in.

A Coffee Maker or a Time Machine?

Recent studies on memory explain why spontaneous involuntary memories of our past are more vivid and emotionally intense than the memories we access intentionally.

The Long Legacy of Childhood Verbal Abuse

By Peg Streep on November 14, 2016 in Tech Support
Research confirms that childhood psychological abuse does lasting, significant damage.
 original oil on canvas by author, 2009

Happiness as an Activity of Daily Living

Happiness is a human right—to live decently, have the freedoms and opportunities to work toward self-development, and feel, if not actually become, prosperous.

In the Face of Fear Is Love Possible?

An activist explains why it's a challenge to approach solutions from a place of openness and love in the aftermath of the election.

Crisis Response Models for Suicide Are Not Enough

The suicide rate is at a 30-year high, and rising. Crisis response models try to plug the dam, but the dam isn’t holding. We need a total re-envisioning of crisis response.

5 Subtle Signs of Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Because passive-aggressive behavior is implicit or indirect, it can be hard to spot. Here are five ways to know if you're dealing with a passive-aggressive person.

Despair and Exaltation: Our Country Divided

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Face It!
This election season has resulted in a myriad of extreme emotions for many. Dr. Ekman discusses what to do now.

The Unsatisfying Search for Experts With Answers

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Moderating
Looking for the best expert to give you the right answer? Try seeking out your inner expert.

After the Election

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Anxiety Files
Confused, angry and anxious after the election? Maybe we can try to put things in perspective and move forward together.

The Morning After: How to Cope With a Loss (Or a Win)

The morning after an important event whose outcome was uncertain, you’ll need ways to move on, both for yourself and for those to whom you’re close. These tips will help.

A Whole Lot of Schadenfreude and Gluckschmerz Goin' On

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Joy and Pain
If you are political junkie, chances are your emotions have run the gamut, partly stamped by schadenfreude (joy at another's pain) and gluckschmerz (pain over another's good luck)

Are You in the All or Nothing Anxiety Trap?

By Atalanta Beaumont on November 04, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
Are you allowing your driven behaviour to make you anxious?

Constructing and Deconstructing Prejudice

Prejudicial resources must be deconstructed at all the five stages of judgment—and shown to be defective as a framework for living in a civil society.

What Depression May Be Telling You

Hidden in depression's feelings, moods, and thoughts is a deep intelligence. How can we explore its depths? What does it have to teach us?