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

Energy Bites for Teachers

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Attention Training
Often times the last person teachers think about is themselves.

Constructive Anger

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Face It!
Do you use anger constructively? The Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman weigh in.

How An Art Break Helps Kids Learn

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Home Base
Integrating play and creativity into the school day may help children learn. Here's an innovative school counseling program that did just that.

How to Keep Calm, Carry On, and Still Get Your Way

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on September 26, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Diffusing negative energy before it goes rodeo. How behavioral psychology can help you get what you want even when tempers begin to flare.

If You Want to Become More Mindful, Check Your Watch

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in BrainSnacks
if the “monkey mind,” as the Eastern practitioners call it, has a mind of its own, how does one become more “mindful?” How can your mind stay focused, when it loves to wander?

Our Anger Crisis: Self-Respect and Getting Angry

By Michael Cholbi Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Ethics in Question
Martha Nussbaum thinks we don't need anger in order to have self-respect. But isn't the anger-free person weak?

What Does It Take to Be Happy?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Talking Apes
For ages, philosophers have debated the meaning of happiness. Now, the science of happiness tells us how to achieve it.

Guilt and Shame

Guilt and shame are two rather different negative emotions which are often confused. In both cases, people feel bad about themselves—but that is where the similarity ends.

Cornerstone of Eating Disorder Recovery

Emotions are inescapable. Negative emotions are powerful. Attempts to rid them are what eating disorders thrive on. It is often easier to have an eating disorder than to feel bad

Why Is It Hard to Live for the Moment

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Can our evolutionary disposition to overly focus on the past and the future be tricked into giving the present more space?

3 Ways to Speak Up Without Starting a Fight

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Living Forward
Do you fear expressing negative emotions because you don't want to cause conflict? Here are three steps to help you effectively express yourself and improve your relationships.

How To Minimize Drama

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Ambigamy
Drama is a drag on any relationship, but what is it and how does it arise? Here's a roadmap with the pitfalls marked so you can avoid them.

Football Fan? if Your Team Loses You May Gain Weight

Snacking while watching football may not be the only reason you'll gain weight
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Are You Living Well?: 10 Questions You Have to Answer

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 16, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
A well-being checklist created to help you stay physically and emotionally healthy.

Grumpy Old Men (And Women) Are a Myth

By Becky Ready Ph.D., ABPP on September 13, 2016 in Your Quality of Life
If you are a healthy, older adult, your emotional resources may be at their lifetime peak.

The NFL Is Enforcing New Taunting Penalties

By Laura Martocci Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in You Can’t Sit With Us
How will athletes respond to public humiliation? To 'penalties in kind' that strip them of respect, playing time, even jobs?

Vacations That Make People Mentally Ill

Some people experience a psychotic break when visiting these cities.

Learning Resilience Can Be a Two-Way Street

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in The Flip Side
How long could I stay vibrant and fun instead of the vulnerable cranky version I’m quickly becoming?

Finding Peace and Happiness in Your Busy World

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Making Change
Modern life often moves at a hectic pace with little time to relax. Learning to balance the activity with inner calm can help you discover greater contentment and inner peace.

Madness and Guns

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on September 04, 2016 in Beyond Freud
The ability to control anger, and to distinguish fantasy from reality, are difficult tasks to master. What does this mean for access to weapons?

The Overlooked Value of Early Recollections

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on September 04, 2016 in Dawn of Memories
An Unknown Proposition: Early Childhood Recollections Serve an Essential Purpose in Life.

The High Cost of Crying, for Both Men and Women

How are you perceived when you cry? It turns out that gender and the situation have a lot to do with whether your tears will be accepted.

Why It's Good to Feel Sad

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 02, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
The importance of sadness

What Angry Patients Need from Skilled Clinicians

The very nature of most anger management referrals contributes to the failure of meaningful skill development in managing anger.

#TBT Research – Why Co-Eds Should Pack Tylenol for College

Research suggests a little Tylenol may help cushion the blow of a broken heart. As it turns out, acetaminophen (Tylenol) has been found to reduce the experience of hurt feelings.

Your Feelings Are Not Your Fault (Mostly)

How much responsibility should you take for your feelings? The right balance will go a long way.
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Clinton & Trump: Inside Out

By Margaret Moore on August 31, 2016 in Life Changes
Imagine the inner dialogue of Clinton and Trump.

Turbulence Injuries: Here We Go Again

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 31, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Apparently, each time there is an incident, I am going to have to cover the same material again. So, here we go.
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Brain Breaks Elude Me

By Margaret Moore on August 30, 2016 in Life Changes
Do you have a habit you would love to make? Have a closer look at your inner dialogue.

Fighting: Threat and Damage as Ineffective Communication

Winning is sharing. The biomental child development perspective says: “for you to win, your opposer also must win."