November 11, 2009

Feeling grumpy good for you?

BBC reports this: In a bad mood? Don't worry - according to research, it's good for you.
An Australian psychology expert who has been studying emotions has found being grumpy makes us think more clearly.
In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed.
While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking, Professor Joe Forgas told Australian Science Magazine.


  1. I was watching yesterday Robert Wright on optimism and he looks so grumpy... but manages to be so funny in the mean time. :)

    Also, Martin Seligman, one of the founders of Positive Psychology is a self labeled grumpy guy. :)

  2. thanks Peter, Steve de Shazer, co-developer of the solution-focused approach, was also sometimes labeled grumpy..

  3. It would be interesting to look at the MBTI/Socionics type of these grumpy people. I think that the logic types will be more numerous than the ethical types.

  4. A "grumpy feeling" is much different than a "grumpy disposition." Being open to the full range of emotional expression is healthy. A "grumpy feeling" may be reality-based and allow for an opportunity to look at a situation from another vantage point. A "grumpy feeling" is a frame of reference and by accepting rather than denying such a feeling, we may be strengthening our ability to empathize. We cannot sense our clients' anger, "grumpiness," sadness, if we do not sense our own. A "grumpy disposition" perhaps is something that could get in the way of effectively relating to others because it may set up a predominant lens for seeing others which does not see the multi-dimensionality of human experience.


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