Nonverbal and verbal emotional expression and health.

  title={Nonverbal and verbal emotional expression and health.},
  author={Diane S. Berry and James W. Pennebaker},
  journal={Psychotherapy and psychosomatics},
  volume={59 1},
The spontaneous nonverbal expression of emotion is related to immediate reductions in autonomic nervous system activity. Similar changes in specific autonomic channels occur when individuals are encouraged to verbally express their emotions. Indeed, these physiological changes are most likely to occur among individuals who are either verbally or nonverbally highly expressive. These data suggest that when individuals must actively inhibit emotional expression, they are at increased risk for a… CONTINUE READING