Do you yawn when you see other people yawning?

United States
May 13, 2008 8:34am CST
I don't, am I bad? I read a report that said if you yawned when you saw somebody else doing it that meant you felt sorry for them and wanted to make them feel better. It also said if you didn't that you have little compassion. Sleep studies aside, what are your thoughts? Do you open up and show that you need oxygen when other people do. *YAWN*
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@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
13 May 08
I do. I swear I think it is contagious. It is really annoying too, because I will be feeling great one minute, then someone will yawn, and then I cant stop doing it myself. It happens to us at work all the time. It makes for a long day once that happens, especially if time is passing slowly to begin with.
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• United States
13 May 08
Yawning the in the morning is okay but after lunch and its, "forget about it."
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
13 May 08
Sometimes I do yes. It can't be helped. I think it is contagious. Maybe it is a change in air pressure. Who knows? I think alot of people yawn and it just happens.
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• United States
13 May 08
Your brain can't tell you when to yawn, it just happens, and I thought I had control over that grey lump on top of my head!
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• United States
13 May 08
once in a while i do.it seems to help if i'm already tired. i'm sure it is a lack of oxygen in that case.
• United States
13 May 08
I also read that fish yawn too, what is this world coming too!
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• United States
14 May 08
LOL one of my cats you can get every time with that. you yawn,he yawns.it's hilarious.
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• United States
14 May 08
I rather see a cat yawn then a lion, talk about showing your teeth!
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
13 May 08
Heck, I just yawned when I read your post so what does that say about me? I hope my yawn made you feel better about not yawning. ;-)
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• United States
13 May 08
Its a boring topic I know, *yawn*.
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
13 May 08
I don't think it's a boring topic. Actually, it's about your subconscious mind, the usual response to seeing someone yawn is not a conscious act. I used to have lots of fun with this mental quirk years ago when I worked for the phone company and was bored. I would let out a very long and very vocal yawn and watch it travel up and down the switchboard. Used to tick those women off...
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• United States
14 May 08
D D D Dino!
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• United States
6 Jun 08
Oh yeah, I am a contagious yawner. I will probably yawn soon just because of the topic. I saw a really interesting experiment and the results said even hearing or seeing the word yawn can make a lot people yawn. The contagious part is a sign of empathy. It also stated (ok..I just yawned...lol) psychopaths do not yawn contagiously. It got me to wondering if this will become a new interrogation test for law enforcement officers. It may not be scientific, but it would give them an idea what the level of empathy of a person they are questioning. It doesn't take a lot of training for an officer to walk in and yawn a couple of times and watch for a yawn...lol.
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• United States
6 Jun 08
You may have something there. When I would hire people for the company I would work for I would ask them when they usually filed their taxes. If they said they waited until the last minute I wouldn't hire them, it meant they would wait until the last minute with my stuff too.
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• United States
6 Jun 08
That's actually a great question to ask. I never thought of that one when I was interviewing people.
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Almost everytime I see someone else yawn it makes me yawn too,and I have heard that when you yawn it means your brain isnt getting enough oxygen,but I dont know how true that is though.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
That's true, your brain needs oxygen but it can't tell your mouth to open to get some, it just does it involuntarily, so much for mind over matter.
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• United States
6 Jun 08
Yeah the brain cant say open up your mouth fool and get some oxygen,and yeah when it comes to mind of matter, our minds dont mind,and we dont matter lol,have a good day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
13 May 08
I can only say, yawning is infectious.. LOL ^_^ Because even if we are not tired, but once we see ple yawn, we will just automatically follow suit, and YAWN.. haha.. This has happen to me many times b4, but i do try to ocntrol my yawn when i see ple yawn.. haha
• United States
13 May 08
Are you trying to make me yawn? I was close but I kept my jaw clenched. Its hard to control a yawn, I agree.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
13 May 08
LOL ^_^ No one can see u yawn from here, so feel free to do so.. LOL.. And yup, so i take deep breadth whenever i gonna yawn at the wrong place and at the wrong time.. haha
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• United States
13 May 08
I've never heard that theory before. I always thought it was a psychological response, but never knew why. Yes I tend to yawn when others do. But then again, I am always tired and yawn like 30 times on any given day anyway. So its a common thing for my body, all I need to see is someone rubbing their eyes and I'll yawn.
• United States
13 May 08
Such compassion you have for your fellow yawner, 30 times a day huh, you must need oxygen more than others around you.
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• United States
14 May 08
I guess so, if that research is correct. I have asthma and chronic bronchitis, and still I continue to smoke....so maybe the lack of oxygen contributes more to my yawning than compassion???But I am a compassionate person, I just never thought of it this way.
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@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
6 Jun 08
oh most definitely! my dad starts yawning and it is so infectious that i start (when i am visiting them) and i guess i seem to yawn pretty easily. (i get tired easily too, so that may be a problem!)
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• United States
6 Jun 08
Sounds like you need some shut eye.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
6 Jun 08
No your not bad!lOL When I see someone yawning alot then I do it. I hate it.
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• United States
6 Jun 08
Our brains are smarter than we think they are, did I just say that?
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• India
6 Jun 08
Yeah man..Seriously Its a strange reaction And an equally strange action Infact i Yawned afetr readin ur *YAWN* as well:D
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• United States
6 Jun 08
Call the CDC, its an epidemic!
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@naseeha (1385)
• India
5 Jun 08
YEs of course. I am surprised that you dont yawn when you see others yawn. Ok all this yawning has made me
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• United States
5 Jun 08
Rock a bye baby in the tree tops....
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• Singapore
14 May 08
Guess what? I just yawned the moment I read this discussion. I didn't do it on purpose but rather the feeling just come. Anyway I don't usually yawn when someone does that.
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• United States
14 May 08
You or me both, we should start a club.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
13 May 08
If I am even remotely tired, yes, I do yawn when other people are yawning.
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• United States
13 May 08
I think the best way to heckle a comedian would be to yawn.
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• United States
13 May 08
Yeah, I yawn when I see other people doing that, but not always. But, I also like to yawn whenever people are talking about yawning and I get to thinking about yawning. I may start yawning while I'm writing this. I don't think it has anything to do with empathy as some theories suggest. I think sometimes people just get it in their mind and then they just can't help it. I don't think anyone really knows why we yawn in the first place. I didn't yawn while typing this, though it sure felt like I would.
• United States
13 May 08
We yawn because we need oxygen and we release CO2 when we do, our brains can't tell us when to yawn. I just hope I don't yawn when I'm talking to someone, they might take it the wrong way.
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