As the sponges become more common, shortens your fuse: the concept of "hanging" – angry because of hunger – is too real for many of us.
Scientific researchers have now studied how hunger manifests as a feeling and found that we interpret ambiguous images and scenarios as negative when we are hungry.
According to the team of the University of North Carolina, we also experience increased stress levels and a higher sense of persecution. So, hangers are very correct.
However, this is not completely down to blood sugar, the study shows as published by the American Psychological Association.
In fact, hanger is probably a complicated emotional response because of biology, personality and environmental adaptations.
"We all know that hunger can sometimes affect our feelings and perceptions around the world, but it's only too long that the phrase hanging, which is badly tempered or irritated by hunger, was accepted by Oxford Dictionary" Leading Author Jennifer MacCormack, MA, PhD student at the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"The purpose of our research is to better understand the psychological mechanisms of hunger-induced emotional states – in this case, how someone is hanging."
When you are hungry, there are two main factors that determine whether the feeling of hunger will contribute to negative feelings or n ot: context and self-awareness.
"You're not just hungry and start lashing out in the universe," says Associate Professor Kristen Lindquist, Doctor, Co-author of the Study.
"We all felt hungry, recognized the discomfort of hunger, had a sandwich and felt better. We find the feeling that hanging happens when you feel uncomfortable because of hunger but interpret these feelings as strong feelings about other people or the situation you are in. "
The researchers conducted experiments on more than 400 Americans to draw conclusions.
Depending on the experiment, participants showed a picture designed to induce positive, neutral or negative feelings. They then showed an ambiguous picture, a Chinese pictogram, and asked to rate the pictogram on a scoring scale from pleasant to unpleasant. Participants were also asked to report how hungry they felt.
The researchers found that the hungier the participants were, the more likely they were to rate the Chinese pictograms as negative, but only after they first had a negative image. There was no effect for neutral or positive images.
"The idea here is that the negative images gave a context for people to interpret their hunger feelings like the pictograms were uncomfortable," said MacCormack. "Therefore, there seems to be something special about unpleasant situations that make people pull their hungry feelings more than in pleasant or neutral situations. "
In addition to these environmental adjustments, how hanging as a person feels is influenced by their level of emotional awareness – if you are more aware that your hunger manifests itself as a feeling, you are less likely to Feeling hanging.
In a second experiment, researchers found that hungry individuals reported unpleasant feelings like feeling stressed and hateful when they did not explicitly focus on their own feelings. They also expressed more negative feelings toward others.
Those who spent time thinking about their feelings, even though they were hungry, did not report its a shift in emotions or social perceptions.
"By simply taking a step back from the current situation and recognizing how you feel, you can still be alike when you're hungry," says MacCormack. "It's important to take care of our bodies that pay attention to these bodily signals and not discount them because they play not only the role of our long-term mental health but also the daily quality of our psychological experiences, social relationships and work performance. "