Sim­ple trick to curb anger

First For Women - - Insight -

Af­ter a mean re­mark from your sis­ter-in-law leaves you fum­ing, get cen­tered by men­tally talk­ing to your­self about your feel­ings in the third per­son (She’s up­set but just needs a minute to cool off) in­stead of the first per­son (I’m up­set…). In a re­cent study in the jour­nal Sci­en­tific Re­ports, re­searchers an­a­lyzed sub­jects’ brain scans as they looked at a se­ries of up­set­ting pic­tures. When view­ers used “I” to re­flect on what they saw, they stayed stressed-out— but af­ter switch­ing to the third per­son, they calmed down within one se­cond. The re­searchers ex­plain that this tech­nique helps us get dis­tance from in­tense emo­tions, im­prov­ing self-con­trol.

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