This is Why Yawning is Contagious

And why some of us don't do it...

We yawn when we're tired, or when we're bored, but why is it that we 'catch' a yawn when the person next to us is doing it?

Contagious yawning is very much a psychological behaviour, and if you've found yourself going in for a good ole' yawn when after your companion, there's a good reason why.

Niels Eék, psychologist and co-founder of the mental wellbeing and personal develop app, Remente tells us that there are two ways of yawning - spontaneous and contagious. 

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Spontaneous yawning is that one you do when you're tired and when your body needs to get more oxygen. 

'Yawning helps with getting oxygen into the blood system,' Niels tells us. 'A recent study suggests that yawning cools down the brain, so nothing to do with contagious behaviour.' So why then do we always yawn when we see someone else do it? Niels informs us that many believe contagious yawning is a result of 'unconscious herd behaviour,' behaviour that we pick up 'because everyone else is doing it.' 

Most Popular

It can also be down to behaviours and traits we picked up as kids from our parents. Others believe that yawning when others do it is also a sign of empathy, and as Dr Mark Silvert, Medical Director & Consultant Psychiatrist at The Blue Tree Clinic tells us, 'those with communication difficulties such as autism are not affected by contagious yawning like others, going someway to show that the more empathetic we are, the more we yawn when we see others doing it.

Fun yawning fact:'In some cultures, it was thought that yawning allowed good things to leave the body and bad things in,' Dr Silvert tells  us. 'Hence the use of covering your mouth - which is now thought as simple politeness than spirtualism.' So there you go, next time you open your mouth wide to suck in some air, there's a psychological reason behind it  - and not just because you're really bored.

Via

What do you think?

Life
Share
What Is Stage 0 Breast Cancer?
And why does no one talk about it?
Life
Share
This is the Biggest Relationship Deal-Breaker For You, According to Your Zodiac Sign
Wonder, no more!
Life
Share
4 Things Women With Great Teeth Do Everyday
Take notes, ladies.
Life
Share
9 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Trying to Get Pregnant
Just because it's taking a long time to get pregnant doesn't mean there's something "wrong" with you.
Life
Share
10 Sneaky Ways Your Dog Says 'I Love You'
We are talking about the real kind of 'puppy love' here
Life
Share
5 Unusual Social Norms Practiced In Different Countries
Dine, don't whine.
Life
Share
Here's How Bollywood Wished Ranveer Singh on His 32nd Birthday
Clearly he is B-town's favorite boy!
Life
Share
7 Types of Toes, and the Secrets They Reveal About Your Personality!
I'm in love with the 'shape' of you...
woman shaving legs avoiding ingrown hairs
Life
Share
How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps
Plus a few tricks to help you avoid them in the first place.
Life
Share
Here's How Many Glasses of Water You Need to Drink to Cut 200 Calories Daily
Using water for weight loss is one of the most popular calorie-cutting trends RN.