Is your poker face at work decreasing your energy levels?

An important part of brain health is having high enough energy levels. New research indicates that professions such as journalists, health care professionals, social workers, gene counselors, lawyers and law enforcement officers that have to maintain a neutral emotional expression causes a big drain on their energy levels.

“Our study shows that emotion suppression takes a toll on people,” said Daniel Beal, assistant professor of psychology at Rice and co-author of the study. “It takes energy to suppress emotions, so it’s not surprising that workers who must remain neutral are often more rundown or show greater levels of burnout. The more energy you spend controlling your emotions, the less energy you have to devote to the task at hand.”

Not sure what is the solution to this problem is other than if low energy levels is too much of a problem in your life to contemplate switching your career choice.

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