People who bottle up emotions all day may be more at risk for aggressive behaviors

By Rick Moore

We spend a good share of our days exercising self-control, whether it's ignoring the pastry on the kitchen counter, or smiling gamely at that ridiculous request from the boss when a rolling of the eyes is the first impulse.

But all that seemingly beneficial self-control may come at a cost.

Putting a lid on emotions and impulses may lead to more aggressive behaviors, according to new research by the U's Kathleen Vohs, who has been studying self-control as a limited resource for more than a decade.

And that has implications for almost everyone, especially those who must frequently deal with stress and emotional situations.

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