Factors Affecting Emotional Expression


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There are various factors that influence the expression of feelings, whether positively or negatively. Here are some factors.

Personality:

The personality is a main factor that affects how emotions are experienced and communicated. For instance, people that are known as extraverted people who enjoy communication and social contact, experience more positive emotions than introverted people, and they can express them easier.

Moreover, at the most physiological level, people who know how to express their emotions are more healthier than those who don't. And it has been proven by studies that Inexpressive people are more likely to get a host of ailments, such as heart diseases, asthma, and cancer.

Culture:

Culture plays a central role in emotional expression. This is due to the fact that people all over the world have the same emotions; however, different cultures generate different feelings with same events. We do hear about stereotypes that are placed on the emotional expressions of the different nationalities. For instance, Americans are known to be over-enthousiastic while English people are known as being reserved.

There has been a number of scientific attempts in order to understand the effect of culture on emotions. It has been proven that the most important division between cultures is individualism vs collectivism and is therefore relevant to any investigation of differences between cultures in emotional expressions. For exemple Japanese report much more socially engaged emotions (being friendly) than socially disengaged emotions (anger) while for Americans, the difference is of less importance.


Angry girl
Angry girl

Gender:

According to reasearch, gender is the best way to recognize emotions and interpret them. The present study examined the effects of gender on the emotional responses of European Americans and among Americans while they relived past emotional events. Women were more emotionally reactive than men: They demonstrated greater changes in electrodermal reactivity overall, they reported experiencing more intense emotion while reliving anger and love, and smiled more while reliving happiness and love. The pattern and magnitude of these differences were similar for EA and HA, suggesting that to some degree, the effects of gender on emotional response may hold across ethnic groups. Furthermore, it has been proven that men are 10% to 15% less precise in recalling emotional thoughts or images. hahaha



Expression of emotions
Expression of emotions

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