WHAT IS THE EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Many counsellors see expression of emotion as an important
part of the client’s therapy. The most beneficial area is the role of emotional
expression in overcoming traumatic experiences. Research has shown that
suppression of memories that arouse strong emotions can have a ‘boomerang’
effect – the suppressed thoughts enter consciousness with an even greater
force. It has been shown that trauma victims who disclose their painful memories,
although initially distraught, are significantly happier and healthier, several
weeks afterwards. Disclosure may take
several forms and even writing down an account of events has been shown to be
beneficial, providing the account includes a reference to emotions.
However, in some cases it may not be beneficial for the client
to express negative feelings. Expression of intense anger and rage may
stimulate even more angry feelings, rather than dispel them. The counsellor
should carefully assess each client and their situation when working with…
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