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

Tired of Putting Things Off, and of Being Seen as a Bore?

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Annals of the Emotions
“Another day gone. What are you going to do about it?” Is this what you want to know from your latest watch?

The Emotions of Social Interaction

While we are quite sensitive to negative emotional displays of those with whom we interact, we’re hardly sensitive at all to our own.

Is Your Smile Getting You Into Trouble?

We tend to believe that a simple smile is enough to grease the social wheels of life. New research shows when suppression may be the better, and kinder, part of valor.

I Miss My Mom

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your mother is emotionally unstable.

Dreading Something? Tylenol Might Dull the Pain

Dread has been declared the most difficult emotion to tolerate. And researchers have found acetaminophen could actually dull the emotional pain.

Why It's So Hard to Resist Late-Night Eating

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
If you've struggled to limit your eating after dinner, you're not alone. Find out why the drive to keep eating can be so strong—and ways to rein it in.

Learning to Manage Emotions Boosts Children's Well-being

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Schools lay the groundwork for cognitive development, especially in academic areas. But what about emotional development?


By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Life After 50
Do you find it difficult to say you're sorry?

Preschool, Nanny, Parental Care, Daycare? What’s Best?

For the most part, when parents are warm, nurturing, responsive, and engaged, their children thrive. Family life is what matters most to a young child’s development.

Feeling Stuck, Lost or Overwhelmed? There is Hope

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Making Change
Some people are better at managing life’s many challenges. You can learn to be one of those people by developing your ability to mentalize.

The Most Basic Way We Regulate Our Feelings

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on February 19, 2017 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
We can't use our own two feet inside a car. But anxiety does not develop. The ground is immediately accessible. Imagination of a plane crash is the opposite.

Do Cleaner Shrimp Get Jealous?

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Annals of the Emotions
The jealous triangle is usually reckoned to be one on one, with the prize, say, a lover. But it’s not all sex, it’s not all one on one, and it’s not all humans.

When “I’m Sorry” Just Isn’t Enough

Since we are all (no exceptions) mistake-prone to varying degrees, it behooves us to become adept in the art of making effective repairs and corrections.

The Problem With Sensitivity

By Maureen D Healy on February 16, 2017 in Creative Development
Is your highly sensitive child exhausting you?

This Motivation Hack Will Instantly Alter Your Thinking

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Motivate!
The "Anchor Hack" can help you identify personal benchmarks that enhance performance and increase achievement.

Joseph LeDoux Reports: Emotions Are “Higher-Order States”

By Christopher Bergland on February 15, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Legendary neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux (who put the amygdala in the spotlight) has an exciting new hypothesis about how the brain processes emotions.
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The Best Way to Apologize

Being human, it is unavoidable to hurt people sometimes. Yet it’s not always easy to recognize this an offer a genuine apology to repair the damage when we’ve injured or offended.

Real but Not True

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 13, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
Uninvestigated, our limiting beliefs are a veil between us and reality. But when we deepen our attention and start seeing past them, the light of the stars starts shining through.

Manipulating Memory With the Mind's Eye

New research suggests that shifting the visual perspective of our autobiographical memories can shape and potentially restructure how we remember.

3 Ways to Stay Cool Under Pressure

By Caroline Beaton on February 04, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Your ability to perform well as your job gets more complex depends upon whether you can keep calm in a variety of situations.

How To Deal With Emotional Triggers

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Sometimes old memories trigger deep emotional feelings.

5 Ways to Start Living Fearlessly

By Tara Well Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in The Clarity
Feeling like the world is getting scarier? Try these 5 ways to feel safer right now.

Good Posture May Ease Symptoms of Depression

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on January 30, 2017 in Minding the Body
People with depression often slouch, their droopy shoulders mirroring their down mood. Sitting up straighter may give a boost to their mood and energy level, a new study shows.

Why a Child’s Social-Emotional Skills are So Important

Here are 5 ways you can promote these abilities in children.

Understanding Emotions and How to Process Them

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
The emotional health of our citizens is not good. We need to educate folks on their feelings and how to adaptively process them.
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Narcissistic Injury

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Life After 50
President Trump’s rage reactions exemplify how a narcissistic personality order responds to a narcissistic injury.

Peace of Mind for the Active Thinker

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on January 26, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
How to prepare and calm the brain for new tasks. Turning down the volume on cares and worries can reduce mental burn-out.
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When You and Your Child Need Some First Aid Fast

When you're hurt, or scared, you naturally want to lash out. But your child is not the enemy, no matter what she did.

Are You Too Sensitive?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on January 25, 2017 in Fixing Families
Everyone has the ability to become emotionally triggered. These are three common sources of emotional sensitivity and guidelines for changing them.

Check Yourself: Common Mental Health Mistakes

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on January 25, 2017 in Insight Therapy
These common mental health ‘blunders’ that may undermine well-being.