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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Gratitude Can Be Sexy

By Diana Raab PhD on July 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Is listening to the news making you feel pessimistic and gloomy? Expressing gratitude to your loved ones or engaging in gratitude journaling can be lead to happiness and wellbeing.

The Secret of Raising a Self-Disciplined Child

Our children learn self-control from the limits we set. But -- and this is critical -- only if we set those limits with empathy.

Sidestepping Into Addiction

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Your Future Self
On the face of things, doesn’t it just seem like the answer to disagreeable feelings is to run for cover in our bat cave, where they can’t pester us anymore?

Resilience: Saying Yes to Life

How the right attitude can become a powerful resilience strategy.

Procrastination Is Not to Blame

The shame of defeat can challenge our potential to look with interest at what has happened and to learn from it.

Coping With Your Partner’s Annoying Behaviors

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Talking Apes
If we’re mindful about the true source of the minor irritations in our life, we can more fully appreciate the good things our partner does for us each day.

Unpacked, the Serenity Prayer is an Instant Wisdom Upgrade

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Decades studying decision-making and I keep coming back to the serenity prayer. Unpack it for a wealth of wisdom.
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Eight Reasons to Check the Mirror Before Important Meetings

By Tara Well Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in The Clarity
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Here are eight surprising ways to leverage your mirror to check for success.

The Psychology of Revenge (and Vengeful People)

By Peg Streep on July 19, 2017 in Tech Support
Is revenge really sweet? And what makes people vengeful? Does playing tit for tat make you feel better? Or not? The science of revenge.

Arts-Based Activities Boost Emotion Regulation, Study Finds

We all know from life experience that creative expression makes us feel good. Now, a new study reaffirms that arts-based activities boost positive emotions and reduce negativity.

What's So Bad About Bribing Your Child?

Cooperation is too complicated to be shaped by a simple habit, since it's driven by emotions and how connected your child feels to you at the moment.

Why Would Anyone Build Their Own Coffin?

In the remote Tasmanian town of Ulverstone there’s a community group who’ve taken to building their own coffins years before they need them. Why are they doing it?

John Sarno, M.D., An American Hero

The medical model has failed millions of people with chronic pain. John Sarno understood how the brain creates pain through stress and emotions. By David Hanscom, M.D.

The #1 Quality to Look for in a Romantic Partner

Professor and relationship expert shares the #1 quality to look for in a romantic partner and two tools you can use to figure out whether the person you're dating has it or not.

The Optimism Challenge: Specific Strategies

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Boundless
Here are a few strategies for moving into a more optimistic frame of mind.

The Energy Vampires That Stop You from Thriving

Conquer the energy vampires that are stealing your life.

Why Early-Life Dreams Correlate with Adult Nightmares

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How can your earliest memories shape the nightmares you might be experiencing as an adult? And what might it mean for adults dealing with frequent nightmares?

The Optimism Challenge

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Boundless
Can you become an optimist through deliberate practice? Try it and see.

Research Suggests a Cure for Neuroticism

High levels of neuroticism are associated with feelings of anxiety, worry, and a general tendency to fret. New research suggests a way to tame these unpleasant emotions.
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How to Talk About Feelings with Your Romantic Partner

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on July 10, 2017 in Off the Couch
Many people come into therapy because a romantic partner wants them to share their feelings. But does this really help a relationship?

Anxiety Is Now Public Enemy No. 1

Anxiety has become a nationwide epidemic that is creating a public health crisis. The good news is that there are drug-free ways to lower your anxiety by engaging your vagus nerve.
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Why What I Hate in You Also Says Something about Me

It can be very easy to decide who are the good guys and who are the bad guys in the world around us. But the concept of negative projection teaches us the answer is not so simple.

Why Kids Should Dress Up as Batman When Doing Homework

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Allowing your child to play dress-up can actually boost their learning and skill acquisition. Here's why.

What Do I Do Now?!

Why would anyone write a blog on critical thinking? Why is critical thinking important?

The Psychology and Brain Biology of “Whatever”

The next time someone tells you to talk to the hand, know why.

Can Your Relationship Survive Your Next Vacation?

We look forward to vacations with a great sense of anticipation, especially when traveling with loved ones. Research on happiness suggests how to make the most out of yours.

Another Great Thing About Being Alone

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in Living Single
What feels restful? Who gets the most rest? Does it matter if we get enough rest? A survey of people from 134 countries offers some insights.

Can You Be Too Supportive of Your Child's Negative Feelings?

A new study suggests that supportive responses to our kids' negative feelings may not always be helpful.

Five Ways Mindfulness Makes Your Relationship Happier

We all want happier relationships, but few of us know the keys to relationship satisfaction. Mindfulness may hold the answer!

I Know How You Felt Last Night

By Michelle Carr on June 30, 2017 in Dream Factory
Are dreams more frequently emotional or neutral? Are they more negative or positive, or balanced? Recent research claims that 'how you measure is what you get.'