Topics — Emotions

At first glance, the term “emotions” seems simple. In fact, many people even conflate it with “feelings.” But what does the term actually mean, and is it as simple as we tend to think?

However, emotions play a central role in human lives and relationships and, for many people, form a pillar of human experience. They can run the gamut between positive and negative, and they ultimately influence—to some extent—most people’s overall health and well-being.1

Emotions also have the potential to affect the decisions we make. As a result, much can be gained by cultivating a better understanding of what emotions are in general and how they shape individual lives in particular.

One key to developing healthy and resilient approaches to processing emotions is called emotion regulation.

References

  1. Fredrickson, B. L., & Joiner, T. (2002). Positive emotions trigger upward spirals toward emotional well-being. Psychological Science, 13(2), 172–175. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9280.00431

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