When we are upset, we are hardly ever rational. This psychological phenomenon is the affect heuristic.
Do you feel that your emotions control what you think? Or do you find it difficult to be rational when you are emotional? Continue reading
Do you make shopping lists? Do you use your calendar for planning? Or do you otherwise tend to write down your thoughts? Good! Writing things down can help you become more mindful and consciously aware. Continue reading
How aware of your emotions are you?
People who are consciously aware of their emotions deal with them more effectively. This idea is supported by a recent survey study by Claudia Subic-Wrana and co-workers (2014) of almost 2,000 participants (a representative sample of the German general population). Continue reading
Posted in Anxiety, Clinical Psychology, Coping, Depression, Mental Health, Psychology
Tagged coping strategy, emotion regulation strategy, emotional awareness, empirical, LEAS, reappraisal, research, The Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale
Repeat the word milk for 45 seconds or more (remember to say it out loud), and you will find that the word begins to lose its meaning. It’s called the Milk Milk Milk exercise, and it is just one of many word repetition exercises. Try it yourself before you read any further… did the word milk lose its meaning? Continue reading
Posted in Anxiety, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Therapy
Tagged cognitive defusion, emotional discomfort, evidence, habituation, method, milk milk milk exercise, semantic satiation, technique, word repetition
Anxiety runs in families. Children of anxious parents are over five times more likely than those of non-anxious parents to have an anxiety disorder (Budinger et al., 2013). Continue reading