How and When Does Emotional Expression Help?

@article{KennedyMoore2001HowAW,
  title={How and When Does Emotional Expression Help?},
  author={Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Jeanne Cherry Watson},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  year={2001},
  volume={5},
  pages={187 - 212}
}
The paradox of distress expression is that expression of negative feelings is both a sign of distress and a possible means of coping with that distress. This article describes research illustrating the paradox of distress expression. It reviews evidence concerning 3 possible mechanisms by which expression might alleviate distress, focusing on the role of expression in (a) reducing distress about distress, (b) facilitating insight, and (c) affecting interpersonal relationships in a desired way… 
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