Your brain ‘listens’ differently when you’re in a bad mood

How does mood influence the way you process language?  Researchers have been studying that lately. It turns out that when you communicate, your emotions greatly affect how you understand and interpret words. In fact, your mood has a notable impact on the brain processes involved in language processing?

For example, when you are in a bad mood, you can more easily pick out mistakes in what you read. Your brain can process both your mood and language. Your brain helps you to interact with these two things. When you are in a bad mood, you look more closely at what people say, instead of just relying on what you already know.

This could be because your brain is looking for negative information and mistakes. Or it could be because your attention span is shorter. In either case, being in a bad mood can help you detect errors more quickly. This is especially useful for job interviews and other high-stakes situations where it’s important to notice mistakes before they become costly. Bad moods also have their benefits when editing documents or proofreading because you are more likely to catch typos or other errors.


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This means that it is important for you recognise you team’s emotional states and use this information to your advantage. Bad moods can help people stay alert and detect mistakes more quickly,  but it is important to remember that people are more productive when they are in positive states.

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This article summary was created by Eleanor Shakiba

Eleanor is a leadership trainer, success coach and people skills expert. She helps managers and business owners build thriving teams and organisations, using tools from Positive Psychology. She's trained more than 60,000 people during her career as a corporate trainer and professional development consultant. Her mission is inspiring talented people to become leaders who make a difference.