Goose bumps or goose pimples are generally described as the tingly feelings or shivers you get on your arms, scalp, neck, spine or even right across your body. You usually experience them when a new stimulus hits your skin or body. The stimulus causes your hair erector muscles to contract and make your hair follicles stand up across your skin. As your skin takes on a pimply appearance, looking like poultry skin after the feathers have been plucked, it is also known as goose flesh.
Goose bumps or goose pimples – why do you get them?
In the animal kingdom goose bumps in animals with fur or hair makes them look bigger or more frightening when faced with predators. In humans they do have the slight effect of making you feel a little warmer as the air between your hairs traps your body heat. However, apart from that, no one really knows why humans get goose bumps or goose pimples.
The stimulus that most people associate with goose bumps is cold but this self development article describes other stimuli that can cause these temporary bumps. Here are some of the most common reasons for getting goose bumps:
* You feel angry
* You feel threatened
* You feel you are falling
* You hear the cry of a baby
* You encounter insects that you hate
* You feel an admiration for someone
* You hear a loud or unexpected noise
* You experience a strong emotion like love
* You hear music that brings back memories
* You suddenly feel fearful about something
* You hear fingernails scraping across a surface
* You hear the scratching of utensils across a plate
* You feel strange when walking into certain rooms
* You feel excited about something you are about to do
* You are attending an emotional event, e.g., award ceremony, wedding, birth, etc
So goose bumps or goose pimples can be associated with certain emotional states. In fact, it has been found that just thinking about items in the list above, long after the event, can bring back your goose bumps.
Other reasons for goose bumps or goose pimples
It is believed that experiencing goose bumps during emotional times serves to warn you that you are moving outside of your norm and helps to bring you back to a calm and relaxed state. What is interesting is that some research has found that you are more likely to get goose bumps if you are more open to new experiences.
Goose bumps or goose pimples have also been found to be connected with meditation. For example, in religious texts ‘prickly sensations’ or ‘holy shivers’ or ‘skin crawl’ are described during deep contemplation or when moving through states of consciousness.
From a self development point of view, have you ever analysed what produces your goose bumps, i.e, what situations, what experiences, etc? Also, do your goose bumps give you any forewarning of things to come? Or even things to avoid?
Goose bumps and goose pimples – summary
No one really knows why humans experience goose bumps, goose pimples or goose flesh. The stimulus that most people associate with them is cold. This self development article discusses other reasons for experiencing these temporary bumps. If you analyse what produces yours and when they occur, can you use this as another tool in your self development tool kit?
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