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Regret can be all-consuming – a neurobehavioral scientist explains how people can overcome it

Regret can be all-consuming – a neurobehavioral scientist explains how people can overcome it

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Regret Is Very Real

Regret is a very real reaction to a disappointing event in your life, a choice you made that can’t be changed, something you said that you can’t take back. It’s one of those feelings you can’t seem to shake, a heavy and intrusive negative emotion that can last for minutes, days, years 

Dealing with regret is even more difficult because of the other negative emotions connected to it: remorse, sorrow and helplessness. Regret can increase our stress, negatively affect physical health  and throw off the ba...

As with other negative emotions, it doesn’t work to avoid, deny or try to squash regret. In the long run, these tactics only increase negative feelings and prolong the time you suffer with them. Rather than stay stuck, people can manage these emotions in four steps: First, accept the fact that yo...

This method of noticing and then restructuring your thoughts is sometimes called cognitive reappraisal . Seeing the situation in a different way may hel...

Forgiving yourself  for actions taken or not taken is a powerful step toward overcoming regret. This has been formalized into a commonly used cognitive psychological model called 

This article is republished from The Conversation  under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article . ...

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