The Cognitive Consequences of Concealing Feelings

  title={The Cognitive Consequences of Concealing Feelings},
  author={J. McDowell Richards},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={131 - 134}
  • J. Richards
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
When emotions arise, we are not powerless to overcome them: Adults actively regulate the extent to which their emotions are experienced and expressed in everyday life. Often, these efforts are aimed at looking and feeling better. However, theories of self-regulation and emotion suggest that some forms of emotion regulation may have unintended consequences for cognitive functioning. This article reviews studies that link expressive suppression, which involves concealing outward signs of emotion… 
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