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Step Back To Move Forward Emotionally, Study Suggests

September 24, 2008

Researchers at University of California, Berkeley, have been looking at how different ways of reviewing past emotional experiences can either help or hinder our emotional development. The findings of the research could be seen as confirming the value of talking over past experiences with a trained professional who can help you achieve the “distance” required to metabolise and learn from those experiences.

“We aren’t very good at trying to analyze our feelings to make ourselves feel better,” said Kross, a faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) and an assistant professor of psychology. “It’s an invaluable human ability to think about what we do, but reviewing our mistakes over and over, re-experiencing the same negative emotions we felt the first time around, tends to keep us stuck in negativity. It can be very helpful to take a sort of mental time-out, to sit back and try to review the situation from a distance.

Step Back To Move Forward Emotionally, Study Suggests

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