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Heartbeat Awareness and Emotions

Following on from the previous post about the Dana Centre talk on Emotional Contagion, one of the things that came up in the discussions connected with this was how your emotion state tends to be connected with your physical state. e.g. excitement is associated with increased heart rate, etc.

In this discussion the speaker mentioned a piece of research which suggested that people who can feel their own heartbeat tend to be more emotional.

Ok, interesting theory, but what got me more curious was the implication that there are people who can't feel their own heartbeat. Bizarreness on roller skates!

Guess that just means I must be more emotional then most of you then

*smiles*, *cries*, *giggles* and then *storms off in a huff*

Sounds like an excuse for a poll anyway:

Poll #1346869 Heartbeat Awareness

Under normal circumstances, at rest, can you feel your own heartbeat?

Yes
10(58.8%)
No
7(41.2%)

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morganmuffle
10th Feb, 2009 13:44 (UTC)
Do you mean when just sitting here am I aware of it? I assume that's the question and it never occured to me that people could!

I mean if I've just run up a flight of stairs, or if I am very upset/happy/worried or otherwise emotional then sometimes I can but not when life is being normal *g*
hmmm_tea
10th Feb, 2009 15:21 (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly what I mean. It hadn't occured to me that people couldn't. I can feel my heart actually beating and a tingly feeling of the blood flowing around (especially in my fingers, except when they're cold).

Gets stronger if I exercise (even walking up the stairs gives a noticeable although slight increase) or get emotional.
morganmuffle
10th Feb, 2009 15:31 (UTC)
It's amazing how often we assume our experience of the world is the one everyone has isn't it! But as I say I definitely can't feel that (in fact I've just been sitting here trying to which is kind of weird) unless I'm particularly emotional or physically exhausted.
westerling
10th Feb, 2009 14:20 (UTC)
I have to pay attention, but yes.
hmmm_tea
10th Feb, 2009 15:22 (UTC)
I don't need to pay attention, but I don't consciously think about it most of the time.

It's kind of like the way I can feel the chair I'm sitting on, but don't pay any attention to that fact most of the time.
feanelwa
10th Feb, 2009 14:27 (UTC)
If I concentrate, I can feel it, or when I'm anxious or have just exercised, but otherwise I just sort of know it's happening without being able to say "there is a heartbeat, there is another one".
ext_72852
10th Feb, 2009 16:50 (UTC)
I am not usually aware of my heartbeat.
Dave Holland [org.uk]
11th Feb, 2009 17:23 (UTC)
Yep. Usually in my fingertips and the sides of my skull.
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