The FIFA World Cup is a truly global event drawing continents close but also dividing emotions.
ON Wednesday 9th July, in what can only be described as a white wash, German flogged Brazil 7-1.
Mixed emotions followed not just for Germany winning and going through to their 8th final but sadness for a country addicted to soccer and by all recorded accounts, in shock. So how can a sport depress and shock a nation?
This is my “hormonal lense” and interpretation of what we saw.
I refer to a Professor Dabbs who studied testosterone levels and social behaviours. He studied pre and post match testosterone levels in supporters of a World Cup Soccer Match and this is what he found:
The supporters of the team that won, doubled their testosterone levels from pre game levels to post game levels and experienced elation, joy and felt more social.
The supporters of the team that lost, halved their testosterone levels from pre game levels to post game levels and experienced sadness, social withdrawal and depression.
In the case of Brazil, the nation would have dropped their endorphins and testosterone levels making them feel shock, sadness, lack of joy and even hope.
So people can literally change their moods by winning and losing and when a nation such as Brazil, has so much riding on a win, it’s no wonder the country is plummeted into depression after their epic lost.
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