Emotional Regulation Ability

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, the hardest victory is the victory over self.”

– Aristotle

Regulation is the ability to manage emotions that occur within us. It involves the awareness of our emotions as they occur and their impact on our thinking and actions. Emotions can occur so quickly within us that our ability to recognize, let alone manage, is a great source of difficulty.

Take for example post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is common in soldiers, police officers, and others who experience traumatic life events. Traumatic comes from the word trauma meaning “wound.” Post refers to the “past,” and stress refers to emotional reactions. PTSD is therefore ...

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