Scientists map where people feel emotions in the body
Emotions are completely bizarre. Our feelings can completely take over our being. Not only do we acknowledge how we feel in our head but we also experience our emotions throughout our bodies. However, because this subject is so incredibly personal to each individual, this concept has remained relatively subjective— until recently. Let’s explore the scientific facts that reveal more on the topic.
Finnish scientists have successfully managed to map emotions across the body. The results are pretty consistent. As it turns out, the majority of people feel the same emotions in similar parts of the body.
The researchers managed to pinpoint as many as 100 different feelings! Over 1,000 participants took part in this study, which only adds to its credibility.
What Did They Find?
On the whole, people reported feeling emotions like happiness and love across the whole of their body. Whereas, depression did the exact opposite. In fact, many claimed negative emotions like this caused a sense of numbness in their arms, legs, and head.
However, you might be surprised to hear that emotions like thankfulness and guilt were mainly located in similar places in the body— the heart, the head, and the belly (despite these emotions being vastly different to one another). Similarly, mania and exhaustion displayed similar outcomes- most participants said they felt them throughout the entirety of their body.
Of course, not everyone described the same emotion in the exact same way. However, on average there were evident patterns linked to each feeling. The main take away from this study is that the emotions we feel in our head, create sensations in other areas of the body.
There’s now a substantial body of evidence to suggest the entirety of our being is connected to our cognitive and emotional faculties.