Labeling internal states gives control over them.

It shifts activation of the limbic system and can convert it into positive motivation. Describing an emotion in 1 or 2 words can reduce it. Increasing mindfulness allows more internal systems to help triage inhibition of undesired states. This ability is key to staying cool under pressure.rR1

  1. David Rock, Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long, 1st ed (New York: Harper Business, 2009). (See notes.)