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The Emotional Life Cycle Of Playing The Lottery (In GIFs)

The Emotional Life Cycle Of Playing The Lottery (In GIFs)

Guess what? I didn’t win the New York Lotto AGAIN. For some reason, my family is fascinated with the Lotto. Not Vegas style gambling, just your average convenience store lottery. Since my early childhood, I remember them purchasing tickets but never winning anything significant. As an adult, I find myself getting sucked in.  I know the chances of winning are less than slim, but whenever I attempt to resist, someone says, “You’ve got to be in it to win it.”

If you have ever purchased a Mega Millions, Powerball, Sweet Millions, or state Lotto, you have experienced the following. Keep reading »

This Feelings Map Explains So Much

This Feelings Map Explains So Much

The feelings map you see above is a visual representation of the findings from a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, which found that emotions influence our bodies in consistent, universal ways. Finnish researchers asked 701 participants in three countries to identify where they felt certain sensations while reading short stories or watching movies meant to invoke emotional responses. On a blank, computerized figurine, they were then asked to color in the areas of their body where they felt sensations became stronger (red and yellow) or weaker (blue and black) when they experienced certain emotions. The results, albeit totally subjective (no one’s face literally turned red with fear), help explain where the phrases “hot with envy,” “beaming with pride,” and “feeling blue” come from. It also makes perfect sense that disgust is felt through the digestive tract, anxiety in the chest and love in the head, heart and genitals. [The Atlantic]

Which Way Are You Spiraling Today?

Every member of The Frisky staff has cried today. It’s the equivalent of a moon circle in here. I passed around this Emotional Guidance Scale so we could all identify where we were at. If it’s possible to be in both spirals at once, I am simultaneously a number 5 upward (optimism), number 21 downward (insecurity/guilt/unworthiness). I didn’t realize I was so near the bottom. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. That was my optimism speaking. Ugh. I think I need to eat more pastries. Where are you at today? [dgls.pls]

 

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How To Express Emotions According To “Homeland”‘s Carrie Mathison

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Claire Danes knows how to shed tears. Read More »

A lot of attention has been given to actress Claire Danes and her epic cry face. When that chin starts to wobble, you know crumple face is not far behind. But in order to play bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison on “Homeland,” Claire has mastered the art of conveying a whole range of emotions with just her face. And there’s no reason why you can’t employ some of these yourself. Let’s learn how to express emotions according to “Homeland”‘s Carrie Mathison…

10 Things You Should Never Say To An Emotional Woman

On Crying
A writer talks about a time when everyone saw her cry. Read More »

It’s a rare man who knows how to deal with an emotional woman. I know that “feelings” scare a lot of dudes and in their fear and perfectly admirable desire to “fix things,” they become inert, inept, or insensitive. I’ll never forget the first time my most serious boyfriend saw me cry. He didn’t say anything at all, he just started to tear up with me. I remember thinking the man was a f**king genius! And I love him! And he should write a guide book for the rest of mankind! Not that I expect every man to cry with me, not at all, I just want them to let me feel without trying to make it stop, to comfort me without making me uncomfortable. But that’s rare. In the midst of an emotional jag, I usually end up reassuring the man that my emotions will soon come to an end and life as they know it will resume. This is why I prefer going to my female friends when I’m upset, they know better than to tell me to “buck up” or something lame like that. Just shut up and pass the tissues. After the jump, some things guys say when we’re emotional that really don’t work and some much better alternatives. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: How Do You Get Self-Esteem?

Last week, I had dinner with a friend and a gauntlet of sorts was thrown: shape up and get some self-esteem, Julie, because you’re really bringing everybody down. Well okay, I thought. I get that. Nobody wants to hang out with a sad sack. But I just don’t know how you go about acquiring self-esteem.

This isn’t a ploy to get you to say nice things about me, or to pump me up with artificial compliments. I am truly at a loss as to how you transform the way you think about yourself. This is something that I’ve struggled with all my life. Keep reading »

6 Times I’ve Cried In The Dressing Room And Why

I’m not big on crying in public, I swear, but dressing rooms are a different story. Maybe it’s the sting of the harsh lighting. Maybe being surrounded by mirrors makes me feel raw and introspective. Maybe I take the phrase “retail therapy” a little too seriously. Whatever the reason, I have something of a history of tearing up on shopping trips. Here are some of my most memorable fitting room cryfests… Keep reading »

Thank You To The Crazy Whisperers

We all have moments where we are not our best selves. Maybe our hormones are going haywire because we are pregnant, just got on birth control, or just got off birth control. Maybe we have been sleeping for three hours a night for the past six weeks because it’s finals time. Or maybe we’re just having one of those days months years. But no matter our reasons for not being ourselves, we need someone who understands us and can talk us off the ledge. Our own personal Crazy Whisperer. Keep reading »

How Do You Know You Really Like Someone?

One of the things I’ve been thinking about during this drinking/dating/sex sabbatical of mine is how you know you actually like someone. I’ve come to realize that in addition to being an extreme emotions junkie, I’m what Dr. Drew might call a “love-a-holic.” A motivating factor in my desire to sleep with someone is for that amazing but temporary feeling of love and desire and wholeness that washes over me when I’m in bed with them. I lovvvvve the feeling of being in love, feeling love, having a crush, etc. Looking back, I’ve felt love for people that I barely know, let alone know well enough to deduce if I actually like them. So, in the last 20 days of being sober and date/sex-free, I’ve felt the feelings of liking someone hit me and instead of obsessing over them and rolling around in that feeling of like, I’ve tried to think about why I have that feeling. Keep reading »

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