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Brits really do prefer to keep a stiff upper lip

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Brits really do prefer to keep a stiff upper lip

Brits really do prefer to keep a stiff upper lip even if it is detrimental to themselves and others, at least while trekking to the South Pole anyway. Researchers at the University of Portsmouth studied a group of 24 members of the U.K. armed forces who in 2012 reenacted Capt. Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition to reach the South Pole. Despite expressing their intentions to be open and “stand up and be honest,” in reality members of the team tended to suppress their emotions when annoyed and this led to a couple of “blow out” situations and their performance suffered, the researchers report in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. Suppressing emotion isn't a good way of coping in a stressful situation, the researchers say.

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