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Emotion Regulation – By Laura L.C. Johnson

Posted Jul 31 2009 6:17pm

girl_whiskers_drawnFrom her article: Emotion Regulation: The 25th Character Strength

Mindfulness can help end emotional suffering. Mindfulness applied to emotions means “the nonjudgmental observation and description of one’s current emotional responses” (Linehan, 1993). Some other ways to be mindful of your emotions are to:

* Observe your emotion. Note its presence. Step back. Get unstuck from the emotion.

* Experience your emotion as a wave, coming and going. Try not to block emotion.

Try not to suppress emotion. Don’t try to get rid of emotion. Don’t push it away.

Don’t try to keep emotion around. Don’t hold onto it. Don’t amplify it.

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