Facebook conducted a study where they intentionally manipulated almost 700,000 users’ emotions without their knowledge or permission.
The primary cause of procrastination is not laziness or poor time management, it’s negative emotions. When doing a task, if you felt negative emotions such as anxiety, boredom, or stress, then next time your brain will try to distract you or rationalize yourself out of doing the task.
Study shows that negative emotions, such as fear, distress, and guilt, can lead to procrastination.
In Japan, you can hire a handsome man to show up at your place, watch a sad video with you until you cry, then wipe your tears for you.
Washoe, a chimpanzee, was taught sign language. When one of her trainers returned after a while away Washoe was initially dismissive of her, but when the trainer signed “My baby died”, Washoe signed “cry” and mimicked a tear running down her face.
Crying when you are happy is your body’s way of neutralizing your emotions so you don’t become overwhelmed with feelings. Responding to positive emotions with negative reactions (or vise versa) helps restore your emotional equilibrium.
If a child wants something bad enough, they can momentarily forget how big their body is compared to other objects. It’s called “scale error” and it can cause them to think they can fit into toy cars, for example.