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Bottling up anger isn't always a good thing, but physically putting away a symbol of it just might be. An international team of researchers tested this idea by asking study participants to write down a memory of a bad decision they had made. Half the participants handed their notes to an experimenter and the other half put the descriptions in an envelope before turning them in. Participants then noted how they felt about the decision at that moment. Those who had sealed their memory away felt less negatively than those who handed the paper directly to the experimenter, researchers report in an upcoming Psychological Science.

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Title Annotation:SCIENCE NOTEBOOK; research about anger
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 24, 2010
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