Expressing Emotion

ISBN-13: 978-1572306943 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1572304734 (hardcover)

Expressing Emotion Myths, Realities, and Therapeutic Strategies

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD  & Jeanne C. Watson, PhD
(Guilford Press)
For mental health professionals

A thoughtful and clearly written guide to the varieties of emotional expression and nonexpression and their implications for personal well-being, social relationships, and psychotherapy. 

“This book may well become the "Michelin Guide" for anyone touring the emotion literature.”

— James W. Pennebaker, PhD, author of Opening Up


Chapters include:

  • The Myth of Emotional Venting
  • Family Socialization of Emotional Behavior
  • Emotional Constriction in Depression
  • Expression and Nonexpression in Bereavement and Trauma
  • Expression-Related Interventions in Health Psychology

Praise from reviewers

“The authors...have accomplished the daunting feat of artfully combining a robust review of research with practical, clinical understanding....their work will serve as a comprehensive source book for understanding emotions and emotional expression for decades to come…” — Ginger E. Blum, PhD, Journal of Psychotherapy in Independent Practice 

“It is impossible to do justice in a brief review to this excellent contribution to the literature on emotions. The authors' comprehensive dissection of the scientific research is impressive.”  - Margaret C. Kiely, Ph.D., Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health 

“I am completely in awe of this book….I cannot recommend this text highly enough. I can honestly say that, in the literature on working with emotion in psychotherapy, Expressing Emotion is the very best around.”

- Brent Dean Robbins, Mental Help Net, MetaPsychology Book Reviews

Praise from experts

“Providing a creative mix of research findings and clinical guidelines, this volume is an invaluable reference for clinicians and researchers alike.” — Marvin R. Goldfried, PhD, co-editor of Handbook of Psychotherpy Integration

“A creative and thoughtful analysis of the costs and consequences of expressing our emotions or withholding them….This is an invaluable resource for clinicians wishing to promote self-regulation, self-understanding, and enhanced coping among their clients.” — Camille B. Wortman, PhD, Stony Brook University

Praise from readers

“A must have book if you work with emotional disorders to better understand emotional processes.” —Amazon Customer