Our ability to accurately read facial expression comes mostly from our prefrontal cortex. When we are stressed we shut down our prefrontal and actually impair our ability to accurately label others’ expressions and motivations. So being in “threat” mode predisposes us to misinterpret and make false assumptions about others. What happens when a bunch of us then get together in a stressful work or social environment? How can you manage your stress a little better today?
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