Hiding feelings: the acute effects of inhibiting negative and positive emotion.

  title={Hiding feelings: the acute effects of inhibiting negative and positive emotion.},
  author={James Jonathan Gross and Robert W Levenson},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  volume={106 1},
Emotion regulation plays a central role in mental health and illness, but little is known about even the most basic forms of emotion regulation. To examine the acute effects of inhibiting negative and positive emotion, we asked 180 female participants to watch sad, neutral, and amusing films under 1 of 2 conditions. Suppression participants (N = 90) inhibited their expressive behavior while watching the films; no suppression participants (N = 90) simply watched the films. Suppression diminished… 

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