Ironic effects of emotion suppression when recounting distressing memories.

@article{Dalgleish2009IronicEO,
  title={Ironic effects of emotion suppression when recounting distressing memories.},
  author={Tim Dalgleish and Jenny Yiend and Susanne Schweizer and Barnaby D. Dunn},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2009},
  volume={9 5},
  pages={744-9}
}
Theories of ironic mental control posit that under conditions in which effortful control is compromised, for example, in laboratory manipulations of mental load or in those suffering from clinical levels of negative affect, attempts to suppress negative emotions can lead to a paradoxical increase in such feelings, relative to conditions in which no suppression is attempted. In line with this, we showed that high negative affect participants, when asked to suppress (downregulate) their negative… CONTINUE READING

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