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Want To Control Emotions? Talk To Yourself In Third Person

A new research has concluded that if a person is stuck in negativity, talking to yourself in third person may help you control emotions without taking any additional mental effort.The first person self-talk is the normal way people talk to themselves but the third-person self-talk may constitute a relatively effortless form of emotion regulation.

Self-talk may also act as an on-the-spot strategy
The study - Published in the journal Scientific Reports - found that the third-person self-talk may also act as an on-the-spot strategy for regulating one's emotions, as many other forms of emotion regulation require considerable thought and effort. "Essentially, we think referring to yourself in the third person leads people to think about themselves more similar to how they think about others, and you can see evidence for this in the brain," said Jason Moser, Associate Professor at the Michigan State University in the US. "That helps people gain a tiny bit of psychological distance from their experiences, which can often be useful for regulating emotions," Moser added.

The research involved two experiments
The researchers for the study, involved two experiments and in the first one, the brain activity of the participants was monitored by an electro-encephalograph, when the participants viewed neutral and disturbing images. When participants' reacted to the disturbing photos), in third person, their emotional brain activity decreased very quickly. In the second experiment, participants reflected on painful experiences from their past while their brain activity was measured using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or FMRI.