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Facts About Emotions

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  1. In the English language, there are over 400 words that describe different kinds of emotion.
  2. People have over 10,000 subtle facial expressions that can express their emotions. What’s more impressive is that most people can pick up on these subtle changes.
  3. Charles Darwin believed that emotions like fear were key to human evolution. For example, if someone was afraid of a bear, they would run away. Some animals, like the Dodo bird, didn’t develop fear of predators (as there were none on their isolated islands) which led to their extinction.
  4. All people are born with basic emotions, and normal reactions to these emotions are not necessarily learned from watching their parents. We know this because even children who are born blind will still have the same facial expressions as everybody else, like smiling when they’re happy, or frowning when they’re sad.
  5. Emotions last even longer than memory. Many people can remember how they emotionally felt during a certain situation, even if the finer details are hazy.
  6. It’s very mentally healthy to be sad sometimes. Being able to cope and process sadness is much better than pushing your negative emotions down deep.
  7. Your physical health has a lot to do with how your feel emotionally. If you’re in pain or have a chronic illness, it is natural to feel down in the dumps.
  8. Your emotions can also affect your physical body. Jealousy has been known to cause stomach aches, and stress can cause headaches.
  9. Overly optimistic and cheerful people have a hard time facing reality. In many cases, they are in denial about realities that may make them sad, and choose not to face the facts.
  10. Emotions aren’t just in your head. Too much anger and stress can actually damage your body. High blood pressure is associated with living a stressful life.
  11. There is a stereotype that women get jealous easily, and ex-girlfriends are often labeled as “crazy”. However, a study proved that men and women get jealous equally.
  12. Emotional abuse is a lot like brainwashing. This is consistently making someone feel bad about themselves with name-calling, belittling accomplishments, yelling, name-calling, etc. When the recipient of this emotional abuse hears these words enough times, they begin to actually believe it, and it may lead to serious self-esteem issues and depression.
  13. Humans are the only animals who express shock and surprise by their mouths dropping open.
  14. If you have seen your friend or family member show a glimmer of disappointment before quickly smiling and saying they love the present you gave them, that person showed you a “micro-expression”. For a split second, people usually reveal their true feelings before calculating what an appropriate emotional response should be. Other examples of micro-expressions could be hand gestures or postures that reveal someone’s inner emotions.
  15. Studies have shown that mothers are far less tolerant of their young boys crying, getting upset, complaining, and whining than they are for their girls. This comes from the concepts of gender norms. Without even realizing it, mothers have been proven to step in to ensure their sons do not express their emotions in that way, while the same mother may simply ignore that behavior with their daughters because it’s “normal” for girls. In fact, it’s normal for all kids.
  16. Women are more likely to actually express how they feel out loud, while men typically keep their emotions buried deep inside. In reality, both men and women feel the same level of emotions. They were just raised to express it differently in many cases.
  17. People process fear differently. There are ones who want to run away from danger, and others who want to investigate. The latter are usually the ones to become detectives, soldiers, and police officers.
  18. During sex, chemicals called oxytocin and vasopressin are released in the brain which make people fall in love. However, some people have more receptors to these chemicals than others. So- the people who have more oxytocin receptors are more likely to stay in a long-term relationship.


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