Random Facts About Human Emotions
# Emotion is typically defined as a response to stimuli that involves physiological changes , which motivate a person to act. Simply put, emotions are the feelings of the mind, the equivalent of what physical sensations are to the body.c
# Connecting a brand to a consumer on emotional level is one of the most powerful advertising techniques. For example, Nike’s pervasive theme of “success in sports” focuses on a key emotional trigger.
# There is a strong correlation between wearing certain clothes and emotional states. For example, it revealed that women who are depressed or sad are more likely to wear baggy tops, sweatshirts, or jeans. Women who had more positive emotions were more likely to wear a favorite dress or jewelry etc.
# Some researchers fear that technology, particularly social networking, is creating emotional disconnection rather than connection.
# Emotional abuse is similar to brainwashing in that it attempts to systematically wear away a person’s self confidence, self worth, and self concept. Emotional abuse can take many forms, including using economic power to control, threatening to leave, degrading, belittling, continually criticizing, name calling, or shouting.
# Any emotion has three components: 1) physiological changes (e.g., acceleration of heart rate) 2) behavioral response, such as a tendency to escape from or stay into contact with whatever is causing the emotion, and 3) a subjective experience, such as feeing angry, happy, or sad.e
# Types of triggers that humans are evolutionarily prepared to fear, such as caged snakes, evoke a visceral response even though humans know they are relatively harmless on a cognitive level. However, humans are less likely to react with fear to dangerous risks that evolution has not prepared them for, such as hamburgers, smoking etc.
# Studies show that if people adjust their facial expression to reflect an emotion, they actually begin to feel that emotion.
# Colors can profoundly affect emotional responses. While not everyone experiences the same emotion in response to a particular color, most people find reds and oranges stimulating and blues and purples restful. In contrast, gray, brown, black, or white tend to be emotionally dulling.
# Studies show that mothers are less tolerant of crying in boys than in girls, suggesting that the way emotions are expressed by adults are instilled by mothers during the child’s infancy.
# Studies show that men and women experience the same amount of emotion, but women tend to show it more.
# Of all facial expressions, the smile may be the most deceptive. There are around 18 different smiles, including polite, cruel, false, self effacing, and so one. But only one reflects genuine happiness; this is known as the Duchenne
# Body language often reveals emotion. For example, a person standing with their arms on hips with elbows turned outward is an example of a territorial display. Someone with their hands folded and their thumbs popped up indicates that he or she has something positive to say.
# From silent films to cartoons such as Tom and Jerry to films such as Psycho and Jaws, music is a widely used stimulus that evokes a variety of emotional responses. Generally music in a major key is happy, while music in a minor key is sad. Spoken voices also reflect this tonality. Interestingly, certain emotional tones in music are cross cultural.