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Suppressing negative emotions during health scare may whip up spiral of fear | Penn State University
People use a lot of different strategies to handle fear — including avoiding bad news, reappraising the information, contesting the news, or suppressing the fear. Of those strategies, a team of researchers found that suppressing the fear is actually counter-productive. Trying to suppress worries during a health scare, like the recent Zika outbreak, may lead to an ever-intensifying cycle of emotional suppression and fear, according to the researchers.