10 amazing psychological facts about feelings and emotions

Human beings are emotional beings, and for this reason we can sometimes seem irrational.

In fact, our most emotional part influences us to the point of making important decisions. As Antonio Damasio once said: “emotion is a necessary ingredient in almost all the decisions we make”. The truth is, strong feelings and emotions are capable of making the world shake up. That’s why today’s article is dedicated to this topic

10 psychological facts about the feelings and emotions of human beings

1. Without realizing it, it affects the mood of others

Almost without realizing it, we are deeply affected by the moods of others. Experts call this phenomenon “emotional contagion”. This is a natural process in which mirror neurons are involved and they allow us to mirror the emotions of other people, as a 2007 study on Ginger Blume concluded.

2. Emotional pain hurts just like physical love

In recent years, neuroimaging studies have shown that regions involved in the treatment of physical pain overlap with those related to emotional pain and social anxiety (Jaffe, 2013).

3. There is a phobia to fall in love with: philophobia

The fear of being in love is called philophobia. This condition is part of anxiety disorders and affects the social and emotional life of the person who suffers from it. In severe cases, the philophobic may not only avoid possible romantic adventures, but may also stop forming relationships with colleagues, neighbors, friends and family.

  • To learn more about this disorder, you can read our article: “Philophobia or fear of falling in love”

4. When we kiss, we release oxytocin

Do you know why hugs are so good? because when we kiss we release a hormone called oxytocin. This hormone is of great importance in building confidence and plays an important role in social interactions. Reptiles release oxytocin during sex, but mammals produce it all the time. This is why reptiles stay away from other reptiles except during mating, while mammals form on parents, litters or flocks.

5. Different daily experiences can exhaust one’s own ability to resist moral temptations.

Do we always act the same when faced with temptation? Well it seems not. A study (Kouchaki, 2013) indicates that people are more likely to have less self-control when they are tired. On the other hand, another study found that people have less self-control as the workday progresses (Barnes et al. 2014).

These findings could be linked to another study, from Florida State University, which indicates that restoring glucose to an optimal level generally improves self-control. And it turns out that in 2009, Stanford University School of Medicine discovered that circadian rhythms are directly related to the mechanism by which blood sugar is processed. Therefore, fatigue could be associated with decreased willpower in the face of immoral temptations.

It can happen both ways. Simply put, people tend to behave immorally when they are tired due to lack of self-control. But lack of self-control can also affect people, causing them to lower their guard and succumb to immoral temptations.

6. Parental emotional desensitization can be bad for children

Desensitization is defined as decreased ability to respond emotionally to a negative or aversive stimulus after repeated exposure to this one. In a recent study, it was shown that when parents desensitize themselves to violence and sex in movies, they become more permissive about their children’s exposure to such movies (Romer, 2014).

7. Chocolate is the love drug

Chocolate has been considered an aphrodisiac, but has also been dubbed the love drug. And it is not precisely because we are used to giving chocolates and flowers to show our love to our partner. But then what is the reason? Well, chocolate contains tryptophan, a chemical that helps produce serotonin, the neurotransmitter linked to happiness, and plays an important role in mood, emotional well-being, and the right balance between appetite and the sleep.

In addition, chocolate also contains phenylethylamine, a neurotransmitter involved in promoting attraction and stimulating areas of the brain related to pleasure. In lack of love, the levels of these two substances decrease. For that, when a sentimental partner leaves us, we stuff ourselves with chocolate to compensate for this deficit.

8. Psychological science asserts that emotions are four and not six

Since the American psychologist Paul Ekman first proposed that there are a total of six basic emotions, this is popular belief. According to Ekman, the emotions were: sadness, happiness, fear, anger, surprise and disgust.

Now, a study published in Current Biology and conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in the UK indicates that the core emotions are 4.

  • To learn more about this study, in this article by psychologist Bertrand Regader we tell you: “The study shows that the basic emotions are four, not six as we previously thought”

9. Mirror neurons are linked to empathy

Mirror neurons are the key to harmonizing individuals with the environment, as they capture the emotions of others, not through conceptual reasoning but through direct experience. The reason you blush when you see someone when they are being humiliated, or identify with someone when they cry, is through mirror neurons. Ramachandran states that these neurons give us the ability to empathize, that is, they make us feel what others are feeling.

10. Laughter and humor are a form of therapy

There are many types of psychological therapy. One of them is laughter therapy, an alternative therapy that involves creating situations that encourage laughter and humor. In this way, it is possible to relieve physical and emotional tensions. The benefits of laughter therapy are numerous.

  • To learn more about this form of therapy, just click on this link: “Laughter therapy: the psychological benefits of laughter”

Bibliographical references:

  • Gadenne, V. (2006). Philosophy of psychology. Spain: Herder.
  • Papalia, D. and Wendkos, S. (1992). Psychology. Mexico: McGraw-Hill
  • Triglia, Adrián; Regader, Bertrand; García-Allen, Jonathan (2016). Psychologically speaking. Paidós.

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