Thursday, September 25, 2014

Coffee drinker blindness

Did you know, coffee drinkers are less able to identify and describe their emotions?  Scientific evidence and everything !!! 

There are a few hypotheses of why this might be true:

  • It could be the reverse causation – that people who can’t identify their emotions are more likely to drink coffee.  Perhaps because they think the caffeine will awaken some emotion inside that they can’t feel.
  • But I think it is neurological.  Caffeine activates some neurotransmitter that blocks the link between the speech area of your brain (Broca’s area) and the emotion area (amygdala).  So you feel the emotion, you just can’t talk about it.

Think about that little mystery next time you fill up your third cup for the morning.