New Delhi: Resisting your darkest emotions can cause stress and poor mental health, according to a study that suggests embracing negative feelings may actually help people feel better."We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health," said Iris Mauss, an associate professor at University of California, Berkeley, US.
Researchers tested the link between emotional acceptance and psychological health in more than 1,300 adults. They found that people who commonly resist acknowledging their darkest emotions, or judge them harshly, can end up feeling more psychologically stressed.
On the other hand, those who generally allow such bleak feelings as sadness, disappointment and resentment to run their course reported fewer mood-disorder symptoms than those who push them away, even after six months, the researchers said. "It turns out that how we approach our own negative emotional reactions is really important for our overall wellbeing," said Brett Ford, assistant professor at University of Toronto, Canada. "People who accept these emotions without judging or trying to change them are able to cope with their stress more successfully," Ford said.
The researchers conducted three studies, and factored in age, gender, socioeconomic status and other demographic variables.