Ever Wondered About the Psychology Behind Emotions?

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Ever Wondered About the Psychology Behind Emotions?
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Do you know colours influence the way you feel or that the most potent advertising techniques involve emotions? We are like puppets in the hands of our emotions, aren't we? It's all because of the range of human emotions that is vivid and ever growing. And there is a reason behind all this. 

Read on to witness the psychology behind it all.  

#1. Your face says it all.  

#1. Your face says it all.  

Your face speaks out the way you feel. Studies suggest that when a person experiences an intense emotion but intends to hide her/his feelings, a microexpression is let out. This happens too fast to be spotted in real time, but can be confirmed when recorded and analyzed in slow motion. 

If you try to reflect an emotion by adjusting your facial expression, you begin to feel that emotion. 

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#2. Smell affects our emotions.

#2. Smell affects our emotions.

Foul smell works as a trigger for negative emotions. 

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#3. Different parts of the body react to different emotions.

#3. Different parts of the body react to different emotions.

Think about butterflies in your stomach or a severe headache due to tension or stress. Louis Hay, in her book 'You Can Heal Your Life' has wonderfully described the correlation of pain and pressure on specific body parts.

Emotions are entirely physical, as different body parts react to different emotions. 

#4. There are eight basic emotions.              

#4. There are eight basic emotions.              

According to scientists, there are eight primary innate emotions: Joy, acceptance, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger, and anticipation. 

Others are just a combination of two or more of these. 

#5. Emotions are absorbed in the body in about six seconds.  

#5. Emotions are absorbed in the body in about six seconds.  

Each burst of emotion chemicals, from the time it is triggered to the time it is completely broken down and absorbed, lasts about six seconds. If we're feeling something for longer than six seconds, we are consciously or subconsciously choosing to recreate and refuel those feelings.

#6. Emotions are neutral.  

#6. Emotions are neutral.  

Every emotion is merely a signal, delivering a message. Even difficult emotions like fear, anger or sadness serve an essential function. Think it through. The underlying element beneath every conflicting emotion is the same. The difference is the feeling. You get happy on achieving something, but you get upset when you don't.

Rings a bell? 

#7. Emotions are electrochemical signals.

#7. Emotions are electrochemical signals.

Emotions are electrochemical signals that cyclically flow through us. 

Emotions are released in our brains in response to our thoughts about the world and flow throughout our body. Dr.Candace Pert brings forth a concept of emotions as the driving force to help us function.

#8. Emotions are directly related to the survival instinct. 

#8. Emotions are directly related to the survival instinct. 

They help us to survive and thrive. We know when to cry when to lash out, and when to be patient most of the times. Emotions channelize our focus and attention. 

#9. Emotions are different than feelings and moods. 

#9. Emotions are different than feelings and moods. 

A mix of emotions often fuels feelings and last longer too.

They are mental experiences, which arise as the brain interprets emotions.  

The overwhelming feeling of success or the sense of loss stays with you for a reasonably long span. 

#10. Emotions are contagious.

#10. Emotions are contagious.

Your mood, your feelings which are results of your emotions spread like a virus. A happy person spreads positivity and cheerfulness around her/him while a sadist succeeds at spreading gloom.   

#11. Botox people can still experience emotions.  

#11. Botox people can still experience emotions.  

Facial muscles control your power of displaying and detecting emotions. 

Botox and plastic surgery limits a person's ability to make full facial expressions. Although botox, being the wrinkle killer, does paralyze some facial muscles, it doesn't ban the person from experiencing emotions. 

Difficult but not impossible. 

Hope you enjoyed the read. If you have something more to understand the science behind emotions, please share your value adds in the comment section below.   

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