Affect Regulation / Emotion Regulation
Affect regulation, or emotion regulation, is the ability of an individual to modulate their emotional state in order to adaptively meet the demands of their environment. Individuals with a broad range of affect regulation strategies will be able to flexibly adapt to a range of stressful situations. Individuals with a more limited emotional regulation abilities may fall back upon a more limited range of stereotyped strategies that are not as successful in meeting their needs, or which come with more severe unintended consequences. The ability to successfully regulate emotion is often viewed in the light of attachment theory (Bowlby, 1969/1982).
Psychology Tools cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) worksheets for affect regulation
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT handouts are available at practicegroundprojects.wetpaint.com, including:
- Check the facts worksheet box.com
- Letting go of emotional suffering box.com
- Ways to manage distress right now box.com
Mentalisation based therapy (MBT)
- Mentalisation Based Therapy - training slides
- Mentalisation Based Therapy - clinical slides
The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is an Australian mental health organisation that conducts research, provides training and supervision, and offers a clinical service. They have made some emotional regulation / distress tolerance resources.
St Michael's Hospital have also developed an emotional regulation group incorporating mindfulness.
- Bowlby, J. (1969/1982). Attachment and loss: Vol. 1. Attachment (2nd edition). New York: Basic Books