Activating the somatosensory cortex may help us connect to our bodies, develop our sensitivity, sensuality and capacity to feel pleasure.
The brain’s somatosensory cortex may help enrich our emotional experiences and improve our mental health. Mindfulness and dance movement therapy may be effective ways to activate it.
Suddenly being awash in tears shows a strong empathy response – a key component of emotional intelligence.
Hypersensitivity is often associated with vulnerability. But it can also be a strength.
The term is often pejorative: to be hypersensitive is to cry over nothing, to feel things are “too much”, etc. But we now understand that this trait has real evolutionary and social benefits.
Social media sites like Twitter have been a major source of both true and false information regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
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A team analyzed more than 21 million tweets about COVID-19 vaccines and found that negative sentiments on social media were tied to lower-than-expected vaccination rates in many nations.
People can have several thousand thoughts per day, many of which can be classified as spontaneous or involuntary.
Emotions play a key role in many types of spontaneous thoughts. Even microemotions — which are often fleeting and unconscious — can affect thoughts and influence attention.
A bad sleep can make you more reactive to stressful situations the next day.
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Sleep and mental health have a well established relationship.
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In 1872, Charles Darwin published a book on expressions and emotions that modern science is only beginning to catch up with.
Using social media increases our natural tendency to compare ourselves. How does this affect our well-being?
Comparing ourselves to people who are worse off than we are on social media should make us feel better. The opposite is true.
Relationships among family members can be tough.
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Contrary to society’s celebrations of family togetherness, the ‘ties that bind’ often become frayed or broken.
Early research suggests that nearly 1 in 5 Americans, about 68 million people, are in the midst of a family estrangement.
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A researcher who studied family estrangement identifies the main reasons behind it and how people can find a path to reconcile and heal family rifts.
If you had faith in the development of effective treatments, time tended to pass quickly.
For the first 12 months of the pandemic, a team of researchers tracked the relationship between emotions, time perception and health-related behaviors like wearing a mask.
Stories about the impact of climate change can help spur people to action.
Storytelling can be a powerful tool to communicate complicated crises like climate change. Telling relatable and local stories can help motivate people to action.
The emotions we attribute to party leaders on the basis of partisan affiliation may no longer hold sway in this federal election.
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The emotions we attach to political affiliation are shifting during this federal election. The vote may turn out to be a master class in how a party can capture the political mood and use it to its benefit.
The Picts, the indigenous people of what is today northern Scotland, were documented by Roman historians as having complex tattoos.
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The pandemic has made some people rush to get tattoos for different reasons. A tattoo historian explains why tattoos are often seen to be ‘trashy,’ a view likely influenced by colonialism.
Ignoring negative emotions by trying to be positive all the time — called toxic positivity — can have consequences for mental health. Experiencing negative emotions is inevitable and essential.
We are living through a one-in-one hundred year event. We are all doing the best we can. And that’s not only OK, it’s enough.
Measuring the heart rate of animlas can reveal their changing emotional state, even when their behaviour stays the same.
Demi Lovato and other pop stars are increasingly opening up about their trauma.
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Unloading about trauma and mental illness is in vogue. But like undressing, it centers musicians’ vulnerabilities at the expense of their artistry.
You don’t need to pick up exactly where you left off; you can think about how you want your life to look.
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After more than a year of idealizing life without COVID-19, people are starting to reenter ‘normal’ life. Clinical psychology provides guidance on how to prepare for your post-pandemic reboot.
Australian Indigenous languages use a fascinating array of expressions drawing on body parts to describe emotions. Here is a guide to some of the most intriguing ones.