Posted by Medical News Now on Tuesday, April 18, 2018 06:02:19A new study found that facial expressions can help people who are experiencing a mental health crisis or distress.
“People with bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder can become very upset and angry at times,” said lead author of the study Dr. Paul Schott.
“They can become upset and very upset at times.
And then they become very stressed and distressed and they can start to show a very shocked face,” Dr. Schott said.
The study found a difference between how people reacted to facial expressions when compared to expressions that people normally use.
For example, when asked to describe a ‘happy’ facial expression, people were more likely to report it as a smiling face, while those who responded to expressions of sadness were more apt to say that it was a sad expression.
The researchers also found that people with bipolar and obsessive disorder reported feeling less secure, and less likely to be able to express their emotions.
“The researchers wanted to determine if there was something we can do to enhance people’s sense of well-being by providing them with a more comfortable way of expressing themselves,” Dr Schott explained.
“We’ve found that this really provides a better way of communicating with others, and it’s not just a matter of people having a better sense of how to express themselves, it’s also about how people express themselves.”
In the study, participants were asked to use five facial expressions.
They used facial expressions that they had seen in movies, books, television shows and in videos of actors talking about themselves.
“What we found was that people who were able to use more expressive expressions tended to be happier and less anxious,” Dr Schwotens said.
In the next step, the researchers were interested in how facial expressions would affect mood, and if this could help people to cope with stressful situations.
To see how this would work, the participants were shown a video of a woman who had been diagnosed with bipolar.
She had been on medication for the past year, and was looking for help with her mental health.
After the video, the participant was asked to complete a questionnaire that included how they felt, and how they viewed themselves and others.
They were then shown another video that showed a woman walking through a park with her dog.
She was seen to be smiling and playing with her cat.
Then, she was shown a new video of herself, with her friend standing next to her.
She smiled and played with her friends.
“It was a very simple experiment,” Dr Schwartz said.
“And what we found is that there was a difference in the response to the smiling faces versus the sad faces.”
In the happy face, people rated themselves as more optimistic and more confident, and in the sad face, they rated themselves less confident and more anxious.
“So what that means is that the people who had more expressive facial expressions rated themselves better, and they rated their self and others better.”
What this means is if you are struggling to cope in a stressful situation, a facial expression can help you express yourself more easily.
“When you’re trying to be assertive, say something like, ‘I’m not going to play games with you.’
So that you can be confident, but you also know you’re being assertive and you can express yourself,” Dr Schmidt said.
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