Emotion regulation: taking stock and moving forward

Emotion. 2013 Jun;13(3):359-65. doi: 10.1037/a0032135. Epub 2013 Mar 25.


The field of emotion regulation has now come of age. However, enthusiasm for the topic continues to outstrip conceptual clarity. In this article, I review the state of the field. I do this by asking--and attempting to succinctly answer--10 fundamental questions concerning emotion regulation, ranging from what emotion regulation is, to why it matters, to how we can change it. I conclude by considering some of the challenges that confront this rapidly growing field.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Humans