Sample Psychology Paper on How Mood Can Be Affected?

The mood of an individual swings from happiness to anger, depression or even high temper due to certain conditions such as the color of one’s surroundings, seasons or even the gender of the person.The mood of a character, at a particular time, can be affected by the color of their surrounding which could be their clothing, landscapes, and indoor or natural light.  Certain colors referred to as warm such as red have significances including danger, power, courage and strength. Moreover, they are linked to strong emotions like anger love and passion and appetite increment. Red encourages people to take action, gives strength to the timid or individual who lack self-determination since it is energizing and exciting (Kandre, 7). On the other hand, cool colors such as blue are associated to calmness, confidence and peace since their effect to the brain is opposite to that of warm colors owing to the fact that they are calming, help to reduce tension and confusion, slow the pulse rate and reduce appetite.  There are evidences that indoor colors psychologically impact the moods of individuals in that space due to studies conducted where the researchers compared the impacts of warm and cold colors on his participants using red and blue office rooms.

Seasons and weather sway peoples psychology in numerous ways for example excess heat strains one’s ability to thermo regulate which brings about discomfort and hence causes bad temper and aggression. Summer time increases positive mood by stimulating thoughts of swimming, picnic among others while on the contrary dull weathers such as the winter bring about disappointments of canceled plans and the annoyance of rain and snow. During the fall and winter seasons, lack of sunlight is linked to seasonal affective disorder where people experiencing this get more depressed during this period of the year. Besides, increased fatigue and appetite, lack of interest in most of the activities is also experienced. Notably, during high temperature seasons, people are observed to be more aggressive (Ettema, 124).  Other aspects of seasons and weather apart from heat and sunshine also have effects on mood where people are more tired and short-tempered during seasons when it is humid. Fluctuations in pressure alter moods and cause headaches, some studies find a link between low pressure and suicide rainy days people report lower satisfaction with their lives.

Gender is also believed to affect ones mood since women are characterized with positive moods and internalizing negative emotions whereas men are associated with anger.   Male provocation is higher than that of females and boys have lower language ability and inhibitory control than girls in early childhood.   Biological factors influence some of these factors which bring about brain and body differences between the two genders.  Negative emotions and the likelihood of expressing negative emotions may be some of the effects of low language ability and inhibitory controls abilities in males from birth. Also children are taught by their parents or guardians through teachings, models or through encouragements about adopting certain gender based behaviors (chaplin, 17). By comparison, females are generally social and are highly affected by the opinions of others hence are more likely to be depressed while males have a sense of mastery and independence as they are taught when little. Certainly, an unbalanced negative emotion expressed by males may be due to a biological tendency in them or owing to socialization factors that are more allowing of anger among males.

Briefly, everyone experiences mood swings impacted by environmental factors such as seasons and color and also biological or social factors such as gender.


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