Emotional self-regulation or emotion regulation is the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experience with the range of emotions in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible to permit spontaneous reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions as needed. Functionally, emotion regulation can also refer to processes such as the tendency to focus one's attention to a task and the ability to suppress inappropriate behavior under instruction. Emotion regulation is a highly significant function in human life. Every day, people are continually exposed to a wide variety of potentially arousing stimuli. Inappropriate, extreme or unchecked emotional reactions to such stimuli could impede functional fit within society; therefore, people must engage in some form of emotion regulation almost all of the time. The process model of emotion regulation is based upon the modal model of emotion.
“Why Do I Get So Angry with the Ones I Love Most?”
Emotions: how humans regulate them and why some people can't
The emotional impulsivity of ADHD can make it easier to fly off the handle, or blurt out hurtful things. Recognize the signs of approaching anger, and use these tips to disarm and manage out-of-control feelings. I have trouble controlling my emotions. I get angry with my wife when she asks nicely whether I did something she had asked me to do. I think she is cross-examining me, checking up on me, when all she wants is a simple answer.
What to Know About Being Unable to Control Emotions
With age comes the ability to better regulate emotions in order to not disrupt performance on a memory-intensive task, according to a study published in the March issue of the journal Psychology and Aging. The research study found that regulating emotions — such as reducing negative emotions or inhibiting unwanted thoughts — is a resource-demanding process that disrupts the ability of young adults to simultaneously or subsequently perform tasks. The study — which included 72 young adults who were 20 to 30 years old and 72 adults who were 60 to 75 years old — was funded by the National Institutes of Health. For the investigation, three-fourths of the participants watched a two-minute Fear Factor television clip depicting a woman eating something revolting in order to win money. The video was intended to induce a feeling of disgust in the participants.
Self-regulation can be defined in various ways. In the most basic sense, it involves controlling one's behavior, emotions, and thoughts in the pursuit of long-term goals. More specifically, emotional self-regulation refers to the ability to manage disruptive emotions and impulses.