The Five Steps To Controling Your Emotions?

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After taking a hard exam, the anticipation of waiting for the grade is crazy. An article was published explaining how people manage stress while waiting for high-stakes results is a validation of sorts for those who embrace their anxiety (Hoffman). Through the study they found how a person handles the waiting period is crucial, and allowing yourself to worry is good for you. The regulation of emotions and controlling your negative emotions is very important. There are five steps to regulate your emotions. Step one is “What Not to Do.” In this step we are told to not go into thought suppression. This is when people attempt to not feel or respond to the emotion at all. Thought suppression could cause the rebound effect. The rebound effect …show more content…
Lastly, step five is “Distract Yourself.” In this step, a person is told by doing something other than the troubling activity or thinking about something other than the troubling thought is an especially good strategy for controlling emotion (Gazzaniga, Heatherton, & Halpern). In the study, researchers asked what the participates did to distract themselves, and keep their mind off waiting for the result of their bar exam. The results they received were, yoga, exercise, working, binge-watching television, talking with friends, not talking with friend, and drinking. But, other studies show that captivating activities, such as video games or household chores, are more successful distraction than passive ones, such as watching television …show more content…
The first direction was suppress fears. This violated the regulation of emotions step one. Participants who did this found, “the more you try not to pay attention, the more aware you become” (Hoffman). Therefore, step one is proven correct by this direction. Direction two is silver linings. In this direction, participants were used the thought process of even if I fail the bar exam, I will grow as a person and learn from the mistakes I made this time around. The last direction is time-tested approach. Participants who were put into this category were hoping for the best, but bracing themselves for the absolute worst

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