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Wisdom of the Body

May 28, 2023

Heather Grzych interviews UC Berkeley psychology researcher Felicia Zerwas about the social dynamics of emotion regulation and emotional suppression. Felicia discusses what happens when emotions are expressed and not expressed, clarifying terms like emotional suppression, reappraisal and acceptance. People with greater social power are less likely to control their emotions, and Felicia discusses the measurements used to gauge emotional experiences and their expression. She also discusses the nuances of suppressing positive vs. negative emotions, and what happens when we suppress emotions over time.

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, Heather serves on the Board of Directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has been a consultant for doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide.  

Dr. Felicia Zerwas was a Ph.D. candidate in the social-personality psychology area at the University of California, Berkeley at the time of this interview, and has since completed her Ph.D. Her work focuses on understanding the role that emotions play in the formation and maintenance of close relationships.


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