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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #128a
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Emotional Agility: The Science and Applications

Sunday, May 24, 2015
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Texas Ballroom Salon A (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Steven R. Lawyer, Ph.D.
Chair: Steven R. Lawyer (Idaho State University)
TODD B. KASHDAN (George Mason University)
Dr. Todd B. Kashdan is a world recognized authority on the science of well-being, strengths, relationships, stress, and anxiety. He uses cutting-edge science to help people function optimally in life and business. He is professor of psychology and senior scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. He has published more than 150 scholarly articles and authored Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life, Designing Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology, and his new book, The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self --Not Just Your 'Good' Self--Drives Success and Fulfillment. His research has been featured in several media outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and he blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

Being able to understand, verbalize, and distinguish felt experiences is a key component of psychological interventions. Until recently, there has been an absence of empirical research on the particular value of emotion differentiation on healthy and unhealthy outcomes. Dr. Kashdan will review research in clinical, social, and health psychology that offers insights into the transdiagnostic adaptive value of putting feelings into words. The ability to precisely describe and differentiate emotions has been recently shown to alter the association between negative emotions and emotion regulation difficulties as varied as binge drinking, aggression, neural reactivity to rejection, self-injurious behavior, and the severity of anxiety and depressive disorders. These findings shed light on how negative emotions and stressful experiences can be transformed by how people label and distinguish what they are feeling. Implications for the study of emotions and emotion regulation, and psychological treatment will be discussed.

Target Audience:

Psychologists and behavior analysts.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of presentation, participants should be able to: (1) define and talk about emotion clarity and differentiation; (2) understand the problems of focusing on the intensity and negativity of emotions; and (3) learn how targeting emotion clarity can improve the effectiveness of anxiety interventions.
Keyword(s): emotion, intervention, verbal behavior



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