Psychological paradox: Emotionally step back to move forward

September 29, 2008

Depressed man (Photo by Thinkstock)When you’re upset or depressed, should you analyze your feelings to figure out what’s wrong? Or should you just forget about it and move on?

New research suggests a solution to these questions and to a related psychological paradox: Processing emotions is supposed to facilitate coping, but attempts to understand painful feelings often backfire and perpetuate or strengthen negative moods and emotions. (more…)

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