A study led by Mark Seery published in the June issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology reveals that those who chose not to express themselves were generally healthier than those who vented. The result is against popular belief that we have to express what we feel all the time after common tragedies.
The study found out that people who did not choose to express how they feel after known tragic community episodes were better off in terms of their "post-traumatic stress symptoms, their physical health and generalized distress."
The study, however, did not include those who experienced direct personal loss of a family member or friend from the collective tragedy such as 9/11.
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