Emotional regulation, according to developmental psychologist Mark Greenberg, is the key to human development. When a child is able to understand and find ways to express emotions, he or she responds in a new way. According to a language-driven theory of self-regulation, the ability to use language to mediate emotions shifts the control of a situation to the individual and allows him or her to choose their own behaviour.
In this interview, Dr. Greenberg goes further to describe how regulating emotions has a direct relationship to being kind and compassionate.
Dr. Mark Greenberg is the Founding Director of The Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development at Penn State University. His research interests span topics such as aggression and violence, promoting healthy social and emotional development through school-based prevention, the study of contemplative practices and neuroscience.
According to Vygotsky (psychologist and foundational theorist in human development), human behaviour and development is driven by the internalization of language-based social interactions.