Mood and thought connection

A.J Makini

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The term mood is used to describe how we feel and is proposed to influence how we think and what we do.

In psychology, a mood is an emotional state. In contrast to emotions, feelings, moods are less specific, less intense and less likely to be provoked or instantiated by a particular stimulus or event.

Moods are typically described as having either a positive or negative valence. In other words,  usually talk about being in a good mood or a bad mood.

Positive mood can be caused by many different aspects of life as well as have certain effects on people as a whole. Good mood is usually considered a state without an identified cause; people cannot pinpoint exactly why they are in a good mood. People seem  experience the positive mood when they had a good night sleep, being free from stress and having clean slate negative moods have important implications for human mental and physical well being.Negative moods can affect an individual’s judgment and perception of objects and events

Important thing to know is,whenever we experience a mood, there is a thought connected to it which helps us to define the mood. 

Suppose you are at a certain party and  have been introduced to Alone .

As you talk, Alone never looks at you, in fact, throughout your brief conversation Alone looks over your shoulder across the room. Due to that particular response you shall develop three different thoughts under this situation, the first one is Alone is very very rude as he is insulting me by ignoring me.The second thought shall be, Alone doesn’t find me interesting. Therefore I bore everybody. Finally the third thought might be that Alone seems shy,maybe he’s probably too uncomfortable to look at me.

Also three moods are listed below depending to the developed thoughts  .You may  circle the one  mood among these that you believe would follow each of these interpretations of Alone not looking at you:

 Possible moods : Irritated Sad Nervous Caring

Possible moods : Irritated Sad Nervous Caring

Possible moods : Irritated Sad Nervous Caring

Also it is important to identify what you are thinking and then check out the accuracy of your thoughts before acting anything. For instance, if Alone were shy, it would be inaccurate to think of him as rude and inappropriate to respond with anger or irritation.

Even situations you might think would create the same mood for everyone-such as losing a job-may, in fact, lead to different moods because of different personal beliefs and meanings. For example, one person facing job loss might think, “I’m a failure,” and feel depressed.

Another person might think, “They have no right to fire me; this is humiliation and discrimination,” and may feel angry. A third person might think, “I don’t like this, but now is my chance to try out a new job,” and feel a mixture of nervousness and anticipation.Thoughts help define which mood we experience in a given situation.

Once a mood is present, it is accompanied by additional thoughts that support and strengthen the mood. For example, angry people think about ways they have been hurt, depressed people think about how unfortunate life has become, and anxious people see danger everywhere.

In fact, the stronger our moods, the more extreme our thinking is likely to be.This does not mean that our thinking is wrong when we experience an intense mood. But when we feel intense moods, we are more likely to distort, discount, or disregard information that contradicts our moods and beliefs. Everyone thinks in these ways sometimes.

The intuitive link between mood states and performance provided a catalyst for psychologists seeking empirically to evaluate this assumption. Within sport psychology, this line of investigation gathered momentum during the 1970s.