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

Overcoming BPD: 9 New Year's Resolutions

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on February 07, 2016 On the Borderline
In dealing with the 9 symptoms of BPD, a regular mindfulness practice can make a lasting impact. Here is a specific practice to even out the roller-coaster moods of BPD.

Listening to Your Heart on Valentine’s Day

Sometimes listening to your heart can be a recipe for heartbreak.

Feelings are Facts

A feeling is not right or wrong. It just is. Feelings are facts.

How Parents Can Avoid Mood Matching

Here are a few ways to avoid “mood matching” when your little one is having a tough time.

Scientific Reasons Fans Still Hate Star Wars' Jar Jar Binks

Dr. John Paul Garrison pulls lessons from empirical science to discuss why people continue to express such irritation toward Star Wars prequel character Jar Jar Binks.

The Replacement of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 The Pursuit of Peace
Many of the most popular media events in history are similar in that they elicit a sense of awe. In doing this, they can replace sources that traditionally have inspired people.

Training the Brain to Control Negative Emotions

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 Memory Medic
The human brain contains a distinct network that serves as its executive agent. This network can be trained to develop a more robust capacity for executive control.

Winning the Waiting Game

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 Media Spotlight
A new research study looks at different strategies of dealing with the stress of waiting for potentially bad news. Is waiting really the worst part?

Child Art Therapy: How It Works

Art therapy often begs the response—“But it’s just arts and crafts!” Art therapy is not just “arts and crafts" or even its first cousin, the ubiquitous coloring book.

Real Men Cry

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 29, 2016 Minority Report
Society sends mixed messages to men saying they want to be more connected to their emotions yet they are dismissed and shamed for crying.

They Ridiculed My Big Ears, So I Killed Them

By Izzy Kalman on January 28, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
One of Canada's worst shootings occurred last week in La Loche, Saskatchewan. A teenager killed 4 people and injured 7, apparently because his ears were ridiculed. How can we help?

What Jeffrey S. Gould Can Teach Us about Misophonia

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 Fearless You
Is misophonia affecting someone you love? A new film raises understanding and compassion.

5 Ways To Use The Power Of Mindfulness and Compassion

By Marty Babits on January 26, 2016 The Middle Ground
How to use mindfulness and compassion to unify your family.

Should You Feel or Flee Your Emotions?

When we avoid our feelings, we tune out important clues as to who we are. We limit our capacity for self-understanding and fail to fully experience or shape our lives.

Our (Positive) Emotional Footprint: A Mission for Humanity

We live in an atmosphere of incivility in politics, media punditry, trolling and everyday life. Unless we concentrate on positive communication, our civilization is threatened.

5 Ways Effective Body Language Can Help Your Career

Here are 5 areas where effective nonverbal communication matters in your career success.

The Best Way to Beat Worry? Just Don't.

Tired of worrying? The oldest and wisest Americans share three "trade secrets" for how to cut down.

The One Penis Policy

This blog explores the phenomenon of the One Penis Policy in which some men in polyamorous relationships attempt to limit their female partners access to other men.

5 Important Influences Of Emotional Mimicry

Our emotions and moods are affected by the emotional states of the other people we interact with.

A Distillery

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 How To Do Life
The most potent 26 tips on how to do life from my eight books, 3,000 articles, and 3,100 tweets.

Obama's Tears

By Erika Rosenberg Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 About Face
Amidst controversy over the authenticity of President Obama's emotional behavior during a press conference on gun control, a facial expression expert offers a scientific analysis.

Why I Won't Be Showing My Children Sad Movies This Year

Why not take our kids to a matinee where they (and we) can inhabit a fantasy world? It seemed like a good idea to me...until I saw that it wasn’t.

The Psychology of David Bowie’s Major Tom

Surviving in space emerges from this study as appearing to be much more of an interactive, mutually cooperative enterprise, than rugged individualism.

Teens and Self-Injurious Behaviors

Find out why teenagers self-injure and the warning signs to look for.

Is Bipolar Still In Disorder Really The Best We Can Do?

By Tom Wootton on January 14, 2016 Bipolar Advantage
Allowing such statements to go unchallenged not only harms the person saying them but also stigmatizes others into believing that the best we can do is to continue to suffer.

7 Tips for Getting Over Disappointment

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 14, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
How to get over the disappointment of not becoming an instant billionaire.

Can Crying Be Sexually Arousing?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 14, 2016 In Excess
There's more to dacryphilia (sexual arousal from crying) than you may think.

The Ideal Ex-Husband

By Wendy Paris on January 12, 2016 Splitopia
We assume divorce leads to ever-growing distance, or active anger, but my own ex feels more like a 20-percent spouse, fulfilling about one-fifth of the roles I'd once sought.

Your Brain Can Be Trained to Self-Regulate Negative Thinking

New research shows that mindfulness training can improve your ability to self-regulate emotions and reduce negative thinking.

A Cheat Sheet for Boosting Your Emotional Health

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
This simple infographic shows how to boost your emotional health and practice emotional first aid.