A Study Shows Mood Affects Our Memory and Perception
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If people complain about you being too moody, let them talk and take it as a compliment. Scientists say that “negative-judgement” people usually have more elaborate information processing as they have a better perception, so from now on, don’t feel like you need to be a well-behaved and always positive person. Instead welcome your unbearable side with open arms, and count it as a blessing.
Bright Side will explain to you the results of the study that concluded that being a little serious, can work to your advantage.
Being moody affects your perception
A thorough investigation led by scientists from the University of New South Wales and Stanford University concluded bad-mood people perceive and judge others not in a way people in a good mood do. The result was based on the fact that when people get moody, they not only make better decisions, they also show a more acute memory to retrieve facts and details from their mind.
A bad temper is characterized by mental negativity, which makes people more aware of their surroundings. This is why when someone is grumpier, he/she tends to focus and reason intensely about what he/she’s seeing, thinking, and doing at that moment.
Temperamental people have a constant underlying bad mood in their personalities that allows them to pay more attention and process the information better about diverse areas in their lives. This is especially true when they need to make important decisions or come up with solutions to hard professional, social, or business problems because they make a cold-headed analysis, instead of using sentimental reasoning.
Disproportionately positive people are also impacted.
The study also looked into how joyful people reacted when confronting a situation that required decision-making or examination and discovered that they have a good advantage: they retained information better.
However, this may be of no use if they’re excessively happy because that cheerfulness usually makes them make impulsive decisions that are not well-pondered or thought-out. So, in the end, this can lead to bad decisioning, which can bring negative consequences, and, in some cases, devastating ones.
What if you’re not an angry soul?
It’s known that people don’t live angrily or happily ever after all the time; our mood fluctuates depending on what each day brings us and is usually temporary. But the study shows that it’s useful to put on a serious face and attitude when you have to make a tough decision or deal with people at the moment.
Your inner negativity will make you focus on each detail of the situation and consider which path is the best to follow. After you come up with a solution to the problem at hand or finally make a decision, you can put that smile back on your face.
Caveat: bad temper is useful, but can be damaging.
Apart from having better analysis and judgment skills, crabby people tend to develop superb leadership skills, which allows them to manage teams more effectively as they analyze the entire scope of each situation. But not everything is a plus.
Do you see yourself or someone you know in this article? Do you think it could be easy to manage your attitude when dealing with people? Write your thoughts and opinions below!
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