Are Emotional Support Animals Encouraging Dependent Behavior?
Pets can do wonders for our mental health, so it’s no surprise that emotional support animals are growing in popularity. In increasingly stressful times, the increased use of emotional support animals says a lot about our culture’s coping skills and techniques.
On today’s episode, we’re discussing how emotional support animals highlight the psychological concept of attachment, coping, resilience, and more.
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Every week our panel of Shrinks breaks down trending topics of psychology in the news that we call Being Human.
Researchers who focus on positive emotions have amassed evidence suggesting that we are more likely to find more meaning in our lives on days when we experience positive emotions. In contrast, researchers taking a meaning-making perspective tend to focus on meaning in the context of adjustment to stressful events.
These two areas of research are often treated separately from each other, making it difficult to answer the question about which valence of our emotional life– positive or negative– is most likely to be meaningful.
Our panel of Shrinks breaks down their thoughts on these findings.
You can read the study that inspired our discussion here.
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