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10 Embarrassing Things Your Body Does That You Can’t Control by kinzhealth: 1:10pm On May 15, 2018
Embarrassing Things Your Body Does That You Can’t Control

Humans can teach their bodies to do amazing things like memorize the whole textbook or run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds. But what about the things your body does by accident? These other things you never celebrate; these are things that sometimes embarrass you. The things you don’t want to talk about that are totally natural.

In our fun facts for the week, we shall be discussing top 10 things your body does but you can’t control.

10 Forgetting Why You Walked into a Room

This is something we rarely discuss with others. I’m talking about walking into a room, and then totally forgetting about the purpose of your journey in that room. Sounds familiar?

The reason for this phenomenon apparently, all comes down to the doorway, it has been termed the doorway effect. Scientists found out that people were three times more likely to forget piece of information if they had to walk through a doorway before remembering it. What happens is your brain sees doorway as a boundary. In other words what happens before the doorway can stay there.

9. Gleeking

This isn’t bursting into song and dance at any opportunity. This happens when you accidentally shoot a gush of saliva from under your tongue like a snake spitting. Gleeking as a word has been around since the 1500 and even crops up in Shakespeare’s Henry V. It happens when saliva builds up in your mouth maybe because you’ve eaten something sour. When you yawn, you may accidentally squeeze the saliva gland under your tongue and whoosh there it goes. Ever experienced this before? Always cover your mouth when you yawn.

8. Blushing

Many of us might not be familiar seeing our cheeks go red, but we are definitely familiar with the word. We’ve all been there you’re in a difficult situation and your cheeks go a dark shade of red showing the world that you’re not okay. Is it embarrassment, anger, or just your body’s way of handling pressure?

Charles Darwin called blushing the most peculiar of human expressions and the reason for it is still unknown to this day. Some scientists believe it developed as a way of submitting to dominant people in the society, others believe it’s an internal reaction to anger or way for people to find out if someone is lying. Either way there may be a silver lining for those who blush.

A team of Dutch psychologists tested 130 undergraduate students at the University of Groningen; and discovered that people are more likely to forgive and viewed favorably if the person who committed the embarrassing act is visibly blushing. Dont think this is a get-out-of-jail-free card bow it’s unlikely to work all the time

7. Hypnagogic Jerk

This is the technical definition for something you’ve most likely wondered about in the past. It refers to when you shudder and twitch as you drift off to sleep. Sometimes you do so violently. It causes you to wake, but can be pretty unsettling especially if you’re watching someone else do it. Hypnagogic means the period of time when you’re falling asleep by the way.

Scientists are not 100-percent sure, why these jerks happen but there are a lot of theories. Some believe it’s caused by stress or an unhealthy lifestyle. Another interesting one is that your primate brain mistakes falling asleep for falling out of a tree so jerk to your wake to take action. Studies claim that 70 percent of people experience hypnagogic jerk when they fall asleep. Have you ever noticed yourself doing this?

6. Yawning

It’s one of those things we all do but we hate to be caught doing it. We also hate it when other people yawn in front of us; but why do we yawn? Scientists used to believe it was to take more oxygen into your lungs and to keep your body awake and alert. They now believe that yawning is your body’s way of cooling down the brain. Yawning brings in a burst of cold air, which is kind to the brain pushing out excess heat that’s why you feel more alert when yawning. Why is yawning contagious though that we don’t know.

5. Being Ticklish

If you’re a ticklish person you’re probably twitching just thinking about it. Why do we do it? Evolutionary biologists and neuroscientist believe that we love it when we’re tickled because the part of the brain that tells us to laugh when we experience a light touch is also the same part that tells us to expect a painful sensation.

There are numerous hypotheses attempting to explain this. In the late 90s a scientist called Christine Harris did a lot of ticklish experiments and came up with one idea; that tickling evolved to help children develop combat skills.

When you tickle your child, he will to run away; teaching them how to evade an attacker as painlessly as possible. Meanwhile they’re laughing and smiling so you can just carry on doing it reinforcing the practice. So keep tickling kids teaches him self defense apparently

4. Hiccups

We get hiccups from time to time. Although hopefully not like Charles Osborn who hiccupped 68 years making the Guinness book of records. Again, no one knows why you hiccup and I’m sure if they did Charles might want to know.

Some scientists believe it evolved as a way for babies to expel air from their stomachs so they could take on more milk. Another study in 2012 argued that hiccupping started even earlier with our amphibian ancestors.

Amphibians use a technique similar to hiccupping to push water over their gills among the crazy techniques to try and get rid of them. No one knows how you get rid of hiccups either do you except by popular theory of drinking more water.

3. Shivers Down the Spine

It happens to all of us you’re in a dangerous or stressful situation and you feel a cold chill go down the length of your spine; your hair may stand on end and you may also get goose bumps. This happens because in times of intense pressure your brain releases a burst of adrenaline to help the brain deal with this situation.

However music can also make you feel shivers down the spine this is because when you hear a piece of music that affects you emotionally, your brain is flooded with dopamine, the same chemical that is released by s*x and good food

2. The Placebo Effect

Have been sick and the doctor gives you a pill and tells you, you’ll be fine and you get better but however found out later that the pill had no medication in it and it was just sugar? What’s happened is the placebo effect. You can trick yourself into getting better.

A 2010 survey showed that 50 percent of doctors have prescribed placebos to their patients. So why does this work? One theory is that we really want to show a doctor how great we are so our unconscious minds suppresses any sickness we may have. People have also used the placebo effect to sleep better, lose weight and boost their productivity. The placebo effect is a real-world demonstration of your brains awesome power.

1. Dreaming

Where would we be without dreams? Our nights would be much duller, boring and songwriters would struggle for things to write about. But what do we know about dreaming? Well we know you dream during the rapid eye movement known as REM section of your sleep. REM usually happens about 17 minutes after you fall asleep and lost 20 to 30 minutes. Typically you go through REM sleep three or four times during a normal night sleep. Your brain is active and your eyes move rapidly. Apart from that we actually don’t know that much. People have tried to analyze dreams since time began, but still we don’t know why we see a series of images and situations when we sleep.

Sigmund Freud believed that dreams were our unconscious desires playing themselves out. Some experts believe it’s our brain tidying itself up and emptying itself of useless thoughts. Many religion also believes that dreams are ways of God speaking to us. Then there are also lucid dreams where you are aware that you are dreaming and can control your dreams. There are even studies of monitor patients who [were] rigged up and observed to be in deep sleep. Despite being able to signal to the scientist that they were awake with a twitch of their eyelid, if you’d really like to have a lucid dream because who wouldn’t just imagine what you could do then. There are several suggested approaches; unfortunately though the science behind this remains inconclusive. So there we are.

So share with us embarrassing things your body does that you can't control?

Re: 10 Embarrassing Things Your Body Does That You Can’t Control by SexyCrixus25(m): 2:19pm On May 15, 2018
I have experienced this things but sadly am just getting to know the actual names for some of them now ... Hmm!

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