Research suggesting that not going on about our emotions is a valid treatment for depression feels like a backwards step for this therapist

A study out this week will probably have the therapeutic community in a spin. According to this report, talking about our emotions may not be good for us. More than that, apparently stoicism – deploying the traditional stiff upper lip – yielded better results than talking therapies when it came to “curing” depression.

I’m a therapist, and this made me think deeply. First, the study was conducted on a very small sample of people, so I wondered how relevant it could be. However, it’s also true that it almost shocked me to think that maybe not talking about our emotions was healthier than talking about them.

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