In this week’s blog, I am focusing on the topic of mood
and how it impacts one’s mental and physical actions in our everyday social
life. Our cognitive activities are shaped by biological and environmental
processes, behavior, judgments, interactions and personal experience. Mood heavily influences our social behavior
and how we operate amongst certain situations. It creates our own judgments and
inferences on a particular scenario. Our moods can be self-generated, which
means it is influenced by our thoughts, personal inferences, judgments and even
from day dreaming (Ruby, Smallwood, Engen and Singer, 2013). Mood is also situational
related, which depends on the contextual setting one is in and who they are
A study done by Ruby, Smallwood, Engen and Singer (2013),
explores the relationship between self-generated thought and negative moods.
The test used certain analysis to explore how each of these factors affected a
person’s thought. It indicated that some types of self-generated thoughts lead
to negative impacts on mood and emotion. It was also concluded that although,
an individual may seem to be in control of their own behavior, many factors are
internally and externally involved.
Our everyday decision-making skills are shaped by
our mood and emotions at the time, even though it may not seem like it.
Generally, individuals who are in a happy and optimistic mood, their actions
are shifted towards a positive direction (Schwarz, 2000). I do agree with this
statement as looking at my past experiences and interactions, when I knew I was
in a better internal mood state, I’d be more positive with how I approached
Romans et al., (2009), study was specifically done on women and
how they perceive mood influences. Majority of the women stated that generally
their negativity towards their mood had to do with physical health and stress. Gingnell
et al., (2013) analyzed women who take combined oral contraceptives compared to
a placebo group. The results showed that women who take oral contraceptives
increased levels of mood swings and depressive moods. The findings also
compared the differences in brain activity between the two groups.
In some cases, sudden shifts in moods can cause alterations in
one’s behavior and this can result in a mood disorder. For example, bipolar mood disorder is the
abrupt change in one’s mood and energy, which tends to impact behavior and
actions drastically, without the individual knowing itself. In extreme cases of
mood disorders individuals generally have a greater risk for developing
suicidal tendencies. Grande, Berk, Birmaher and Vieta, (2016) found that
individuals who have attempted suicide in their past either had bipolar mood
disorder, depressive traits, anxiety or some borderline personality disorders.
Mood is a tricky aspect of ourselves as it varies throughout
every individual depending on many internal and external influences. Our social
cognitive interactions are dependent of our mood and it affects how we migrate
throughout the social world.
Ruby, F., Smallwood, J., Engen, H., & Singer, T. (2013). How
self-generated thought shapes mood–the relation between mind-wandering and
mood depends on the socio-temporal content of thoughts. PLOS One, 8(10), e77554.
Schwarz, N. (2000). Emotion, cognition, and decision making. Cognition
& Emotion, 14(4), 433-440.
Romans, S., Asllani, E., Clarkson, R., Meiyappan, S., Petrovic,
M., & Tang, D. (2009). Women’s perceptions of influences on their mood. Women
& Health, 49(1), 32-49.
Gingnell, M., Engman, J., Frick, A., Moby, L., Wikström, J.,
Fredrikson, M., Sundstrom, Poromaa, I. (2013). Oral contraceptive use changes
brain activity and mood in women with previous negative affect on the pill–a
double-blinded, placebo-controlled randomized trial of a
levonorgestrel-containing combined oral contraceptive. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(7), 1133-1144.
Grande, I., Berk, M., Birmaher, B., & Vieta, E. (2016).
Bipolar disorder. The