Why Talking About Our Problems Helps So Much (and How to Do It)
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Difficulties in reaching out
There are a lot of reasons talking about our problems can be difficult:
Talking about our problems
It can take a few forms:
Benefits of talking out problems
Research shows that putting your feelings into words can diminish the response of the amygdala (the part of the brain that handles your fight or flight response, among other things) when you encounter things that are upsetting.
This in time makes you react with less stress when faced with the things that bother you.
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