Arousing Primary Vulnerable Emotions in the Context of Unresolved Anger: " Speaking About" Versus " Speaking To"

Gary M. Diamond, Daniel Rochman, Ofer Amir

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Abstract

Arousing and processing primary vulnerable emotions is a core change mechanism across a wide range of psychotherapies and clinical populations. This study examined the utility of 2 emotion-focused interventions-relational reframes and empty-chair enactments-in terms of arousing primary sadness associated with loss and longing among individuals suffering from unresolved anger. Twenty-nine women reporting unresolved anger underwent a single, analogue emotion-focused therapy session comprised of empathy, relational reframe, and empty-chair interventions. The arousal of sadness was measured with voice signal, voice quality, and speech fluency measures. Results indicated that both relational reframe and empty-chair interventions led to increased arousal of sadness relative to baseline nonemotional speech. Empty-chair interventions also led to increases in fear/anxiety, presumably due to the potential for rejection or attack by the significant other (i.e., attachment figure). Treatment implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-410
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anger
  • Enactment
  • Sadness
  • Voice analysis

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