Correcting emotions in psychotherapy

Ewa Trzebińska, Anna Gabińska

Abstract


The aim of the article is to discuss the assumptions regarding the principles of working with emotions in psychotherapy in the light of contemporary knowledge about emotions. In the first part, we present the basic concepts and assumptions about emotions developed in the field of psychology, which suggest that emotional problems may result not only from insufficient regulation of emotions but also from incorrectly formed emotional traits. The second part of the article presents a review of studies indicating the limitations of the scope of application of traditional techniques, whose aim is to influence the course of emotions so that they are more conscious and more easily expressed or inhibited. In the third part, the assumptions on changing emotional traits during the therapeutic process are discussed and the possible mechanisms that can be used to build interventions aimed at modifying emotional traits are pointed out.


Keywords


emotions; emotion regulation; emotional traits; psychotherapy; therapeutic techniques

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