A bad mood helps some people concentrate, they become better in time management and planning their to-do lists, according to a study by scientists at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
But this is not true for all psychological types. Some people have a nervous temperament, their emotional reactions are intense and prolonged.
Others are calmer, and if they get angry, it does not last long. According to the research, being in a bad mood doesn’t help this category of people. Their productivity, on the contrary, falls, reports Personality and Individual Differences.
A study of Canadian scientists was devoted to the influence of mood on the quality of work, including memory, speed of thinking, attention to details, overall productivity and so on.
“We found out that some people, being in a bad mood, can improve their thinking skills, which are important in everyday life,” said psychologist Tara Makalei.
95 volunteers were asked to perform nine specific tasks, as well as describe their mood and personality type.
It turned out that choleric people in their bad mood have higher productivity. Scientists have suggested that they are more accustomed to experiencing negative emotions and better adapt to them. A good mood, meanwhile, did not seem to have any effect on cognitive performance.
The authors of the study noted that their sample was too small, and for the better understanding of the psychological mechanisms, it is necessary to conduct more extensive experiments, to study people of different ages.
But we can already conclude that a bad mood temporarily possessing a person can help to cope with daily tasks and complex situations.