Navigation Links
Talking About Your Feelings Really Does Help

If you're feeling sad or angry, then you need to talk about your feelings with someone, for a new study has found that doing so really will help you feel better.

The study found that talking things over with a therapist, or a pal, or even putting your feelings down on paper, produces a therapeutic effect in the brain, thereby helping us feel better.

Psychologists at UCLA, led by Dr Matthew D. Lieberman, conducted the new brain imaging study.

When people see a photograph of an angry or fearful face, they have increased activity in a region of the brain called the amygdala, which serves as an alarm to activate a cascade of biological systems to protect the body in times of danger.

Scientists see a robust amygdala response even when they show such emotional photographs subliminally, so fast a person can't even see them.

And, they have now found that seeing an angry face and simply calling it an angry face changes our brain response.

"When you attach the word 'angry,' you see a decreased response in the amygdala," said Lieberman, lead author of the study, which appears in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science.

The study was conducted on thirty people, 18 women and 12 men between ages of 18 and 36, who viewed images of individuals making different emotional expressions. Below the picture of the face they either saw two words, such as "angry" and "fearful," and chose which emotion described the face, or they saw two names, such as "Harry" and "Sally," and chose the gender-appropriate name that matched the face.

The findings showed that while the amygdala was less active when an individual labelled the feeling, another region of the brain was more active: the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex. This region is located behind the forehead and eyes and has been associated with thinking in words about emotional experiences. It has also been implicated in inhibiting behaviour and processing emotions, but exactly what it contributes has not been known.

"What we're suggesting is when you start thinking in words about your emotions -labelling emotions - that might be part of what the right ventrolateral region is responsible for," Lieberman said.

If a friend or loved one is sad or angry, getting the person to talk or write may have benefits beyond whatever actual insights are gained. These effects are likely to be modest, however, Lieberman said.

Many people are not likely to realize why putting their feelings into words is helpful, Lieberman said.

"If you ask people who are really sad why they are writing in a journal, they are not likely to say it's because they think this is a way to make themselves feel better," Lieberman said.

"People don't do this to intentionally overcome their negative feelings; it just seems to have that effect. Popular psychology says when you're feeling down, just pick yourself up, but the world doesn't work that way. If you know you're trying to pick yourself up, it usually doesn't work - self-deception is difficult. Because labelling your feelings doesn't require you to want to feel better, it doesn't have this problem," he said.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Baby Talking Is Good For Your Child
2. Need for More Talking Therapies for Treating Depression
3. Talking With Families may Help Prevent Childhood Obesity
4. Breast Cancer Survivors Worry About Infertility
5. Breast Cancer Survivors Worry About Infertility
6. Improving Lighting Could Bring About A Change In Alzheimers Patients
7. Poll Finds Many Americans Misinformed About Cancer
8. Poll Finds Many Americans Misinformed About Cancer
9. Study Warns About The Use Of Popular Asthma Drug To Stop Childrens Coughs
10. Scientists Develop New Technology To Find About Human Ancestors’ Teet
11. WHO Steps Up To Create A Public Awareness About The Consequences Of Exposure To Radon
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... In just ... EcoQube Frame vertical micro-veggies garden on Kickstarter . Surpassing the $100,000 milestone ... with nearly 2,000 consumers (and counting) already backing the campaign. , “We ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... On June ... ERISA Benefit Claims Litigation seminar in Chicago, Illinois. She will present on: ... of cases litigated under ERISA involve claims for long-term disability benefits. This ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... ) announced their partnership to prep patients for colonoscopy at the HyGIeaCare® Center ... in 87th Ave., Miami, FL. , The HyGIeaCare® Prep, cleared by ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Finding Christ Through ... a devotional journal chronicling the writer’s path toward true communion with God. “Finding ... God #TruthwithGrace” is the creation of published author Lea Michelle Johnson, a follower ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “The Communion of Saints: A Pastor’s Potpourri ... congregations across the United States. “The Communion of Saints” is the creation ... served congregations in seven states throughout his long career of devotion to the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... 2017 On Friday, benchmark US ... closed the trading session up 0.19%; the Dow Jones ... was down 0.08%. US markets made broad based gains ... in green. Pre-market today, Stock-Callers.com reviews these four Medical ... WMGI), Amedica Corporation (NASDAQ: AMDA), MiMedx Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... 2017  Impax Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPXL)today announced that ... Bisaro as Impax,s President and Chief Executive Officer ... 27, 2017. Mr. Bisaro will succeed J. Kevin ... Chief Executive Officer since December of 2016. ... experience, Mr. Bisaro, 56, is an accomplished global business ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... 2017 Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... small molecule drugs across multiple therapeutic areas, today announced that ... will present a corporate update at the 16th Annual Needham ... conference will take place April 4-5, 2017 at the Westin ... , NY.  A live audio webcast of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: