Investigators have verified that talking or writing about traumatic events can alleviate distress, improve immune function, and lead to a healthier experience of life. But the links among trauma, emotional expression, and health have been difficult to study. In Emotion, Disclosure, and Health, influential researchers in psychology and anthropology present a much-needed cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural examination of the disclosure–health relationship.
Why does translating upsetting events into words promote mental and physical health? How can our understanding of this process lead to clinically useful and cost-effective applications? Emotion, Disclosure, and Health addresses these and other questions, as it illuminates the path from secrecy to psychopathology.
This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1995 hardcover edition.