Do you agree that yawning is contagious? If not, maybe you should see a psychiatrist.
I don't mean to scare, but studies say that psychopaths are immune to contagious yawning. Why is that?
Empathy is one of the characteristics that normal people has, and psychopaths don't. Yawning becomes contagious due to empathy to other people, even to our pets. There was a study where a dog yawn can make its owner do the same.
Contagious yawning had been experimented by researchers at Baylor University. They gathered 135 participants to take the Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Revised (PPI-R), where they performed contagious yawning.
According to the study, the more cold-hearted the person, the more it's unaffected by people yawning around him. Cold-heartedness is clearly one of the traits of psychopaths.
According to PCL
, "the brains of psychopaths have been found to have weak connections among the components of the brain’s emotional systems. These disconnects are responsible for the psychopath’s inability to feel emotions deeply."
Maybe this is the reason why psychopaths are immune to contagious yawning. They don't feel the emotions of others. They can't identify other's way of thinking. They don't feel sleepy, when we do.
Experts first noticed the link of yawning to psychopathy in a test involving autistic children. The study showed that autistic children seemed to less likely catch a yawn.
There are several tests conducted on how contagious yawning affects the brain. However, we can't use it as a diagnostic tool for a serious mental disorder. But if your partner had never once been affected by your yawning, maybe you should recall your past quarrels. If most of it was caused by his lack of empathy, begin to think.