The Calming Effect of Naming Your Emotions (A Quote by Sue Johnson)
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Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships, by Sue Johnson
0316133760Just knowing that there are basic emotions we all feel and recognize can make a huge difference in our everyday lives. Psychologist Matthew Lieberman of the University of California…has demonstrated that the simple act of naming an emotion calms the emotional center of the brain. In an fMRI study, Lieberman showed people images of faces with negative expressions—for example, grimacing in anger. When subjects were asked to identify the sex of the person in the image, the emotional area remained highly activated. But when they were asked to label the feeling they saw by choosing between two words written under the image, their brains calmed down. Naming an emotion begins the process of regulating it and reflecting on it.
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