Navigate Negative Emotions

Written by Violaine Guéritault, Ph.D.

Although they are part of the human experience, negative emotions can be particularly unpleasant, as we all know. However, scientists insist on the fact that, when well managed, they also play a key function in our well-being by helping us make sense of life’s ups and downs. Some of them can even play an important role in our survival, such as fear, anger, or overload by warning us of a potential threat. Yet, when negative emotions are poorly managed or handled, they can have some rather harmful consequences for both our mental and physical health. For example, chronic stress and distress can disrupt our body’s hormone balance, damage our immune system, and drain our brain chemicals necessary for us to experience happiness.