June 13, 2008

THERE'S A REASON THE WASPS WON:

Stiff upper lip or let it all out?: Top trauma psychologist David Alexander reacts to a report suggesting in the wake of 9/11 some people coped better if they didn't talk about the terror attacks (David Alexander, 13 June 2008, New Statesman)

Most cultures have developed rituals and practices to help people express grief, sadness and distress.

Contemporary therapies and counselling have attempted to take this this approach to emotional catharsis further - some have considered the meaning of a trauma and how the individual has reacted to it.

Now a study by the University at Buffalo's Dr Mark Seery has produced data which appear to suggest that not talking about a traumatic event (in this case the World Trade Center and Pentagon terror attacks of 9/11) may be a more successful way of coping than the alternative - sharing the experience.


Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2008 7:35 AM
Comments

You mean dwelling on something may be bad for you?
I guess mom was right again.

Posted by: Mikey at June 13, 2008 2:03 PM
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