In the ideal world, every person would be able to bootstrap themselves into living a better life, reaching a full spectrum of positive experiences and defining better goals for themselves. But for withdrawing addicts, even making the current goals a bit better can be an everyday emotional challenge – ideal world idea non-withstanding. In order for such individuals to develop better life coping strategies, a positive and diverse approach can be sometimes very helpful. In fact, intervening with positive psychology methods can make a huge difference in the possible life outcomes tied to emotional self-regulation. Published in European Psychiatry journal, Ghahari and colleagues presented the findings of their research, pointing back to the efficacy of such interventions. The group that received the intervention, as opposed to the control group, showed a significant reduction of dysfunctional attitudes. Even though the group had only 30 qualified participants, the independent t-test and the final analysis made a strong case for positive psychology helping out with emotional self-regulation. More of such findings are of course necessary to have higher relevance, but any strive towards better life strategies with regards to emotional self-regulation is necessary. Maybe dealing with compromised self-regulation due to overuse of social media is a stretch, but that is the horizon of new challenges incoming with the new technologies. At least, that’s where the ever-tighter inter/intrapersonal loops might need to take some deep breaths, soon.
Ghahari, S., Farhanghi, Z., & Gheytarani, B. (2017). The effectiveness of teaching positive psychology on dysfunctional attitudes and emotional self-regulation of withdrawing addicts. European Psychiatry, 41(S1), S410-S410. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2017.01.345