Thursday, 15 September 2016

Weekly Discussion Summary ~ Repression (Avoiding)

In this week's discussion, we thought about repression - or avoiding - as a common way of coping with anxiety and stressful situations.

Naz told us about some work she had previously done to try and understand the brain and physiological mechanisms behind repressive coping, a coping style used by people who believe that they are not anxious, but physiologically, they still may show signs of anxiety, especially in stressful situations.

We thought about how this way of coping can perhaps work for us in the short term, and when we need it on the spot, in a highly threatening encounter for instance, but as a longer term way of coping, might serve us less well and impact negatively on our emotional and physical health.


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