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Hunger leads to anger and irritability

Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

When a person is hungry, a number of negative emotions invade him. This also found support in a study by European scientists. Modern technologies are used to capture the connection between the feeling of hunger and the emotional state of people. This, in turn, can subconsciously influence human behavior as well.

Scientists from Great Britain and Austria are engaged in the research. The results show that, in reality, hunger does lead to irritability, dissatisfaction and anger. They are published in PLOS ONE.

121 people participated in the study, and only 64 of them completed the experiment. They ranged in age from 18 to 60 years old. Most of the participants are women. Certain questionnaires are filled out several times a day. It is monitored for the appearance of feelings of hunger, also pleasure, anger, irritability and excitement. Changes were reported in the values ​​of almost all states, except for arousal, where no specific relationship with hunger was observed.

Scientists hope that knowing that certain emotions are triggered by the onset of hunger can help people avoid unpleasant situations in everyday life. When a person is aware that a negative emotion has arisen not because the people around us have irritated us with something through words, behavior or deeds, but because there is another reason, he can better establish control over it. In this case, the reason is the physical discomfort caused by the feeling of hunger. That is, we must look for the cause within ourselves, and therefore it is in our hands to remove it. Thus, quarrels and quarrels over trivial matters could be avoided. At least you can refrain from arguments when you are hungry and thus avoid them. Because once you’ve eaten, it’s possible that the world and the people in it will look a lot better to you.

Researchers have found that hunger does not automatically lead to negative emotions. They usually occur unconsciously, and the hungry do not necessarily feel angry or irritable. This is how the question arises because some people experience negative emotions, while others do not. Unfortunately, scientists do not give such an answer, but it can be assumed that the fact how much a person can control his emotional state is important. If you want to learn, you might do yoga or another health-recovery system.

Therefore, greater awareness of being ‘hangry’ could reduce the likelihood that hunger results in negative emotions and behaviours in individuals.” The fieldwork was carried out by Stefan Stieger, Professor of Psychology at Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences.

Professor Stieger said: “This ‘hangry’ effect hasn’t been analysed in detail, so we chose a field-based approach where participants were invited to respond to prompts to complete brief surveys on an app. They were sent these prompts five times a day on semi-random occasions over a three-week period. “This allowed us to generate intensive longitudinal data in a manner not possible with traditional laboratory-based research.

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