Thursday, February 19, 2009

Just Talking About Negative Feelings Helps Control Them


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A UCLA psychology researcher says the process of putting negative feelings into words minimizes the impact of those feelings.

Cross Words: Talking About Bad Feelings Helps Control Them

The therapeutic value of talking about our problems has been recognized for a long time. But this research has clarified that it doesn't matter whether talking leads the person to greater self awareness or to take action related to his or her situation. Just talking about those feelings diminishes their power.

Talking aloud about your problems isn't the only way to put this theory into practice. Writing about your feelings in a blog or paper journal or writing poetry can help you do the same thing.

In addition to this blog, I keep another, more private electronic journal where I open up about many of the challenges and frustrations in my life. I've always known it helped me immensely, and now I know why.

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