Friday, June 22, 2007

Talking about it really does help us to feel better

From ScienceDaily:

"When you put feelings into words, you're activating this prefrontal region and seeing a reduced response in the amygdala," he said. "In the same way you hit the brake when you're driving when you see a yellow light, when you put feelings into words, you seem to be hitting the brakes on your emotional responses."
As a result, an individual may feel less angry or less sad.

This is ancient wisdom," Lieberman said. "Putting our feelings into words helps us heal better. If a friend is sad and we can get them to talk about it, that probably will make them feel better."

It's so nice to see science that supports what we already intuitively know. This particular one gives me hope that I really AM helping people in my job, even when I'm not giving them pills.

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