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Emotional Contagion

Moods, good or bad, can be as infectious as a virus. This transfer of mood from one individual to another is called

Emotional Contagion

Some people have a negative outlook on everything. The weather is awful. The food is terrible. Everything is ugly. Even if you aren’t normally a glass is half-empty person, if you spend enough time around someone who is, you may start feeling the same way.

Do you have people like that at work or in your family?  You can let them infect you with their gloomy attitude, or you can try to keep away from them. Or, you can ask what’s wrong.

Sometimes if you dig a little deeper, you might find the source of the black outlook. Chronic pain? Grief? Depression? Poor self esteem?

Or it is the person have a bad case of Grinch-Scrooge syndrome.

For those who are in pain, grieving, or depressed, be understanding and supportive. Don’t take the gloominess personal. Instead, offer kindness and a listening ear.

If you are often around people who are just plain grumpy for no good reason, kindly let them know their bad mood affects you. Maybe they’ll think it over and agree with you. Life is way too short to be a sourpuss.the antidoteAnd just as bad moods are contagious, positive vibes and sunny dispositions can spread too.

Especially in these uncertain times of lock-downs, isolation, and social chaos, keep an eye on your emotional temperature. Be on the lookout for emotional contagion.

Even the most resilient of us can be seriously affected by chronic negativity.  Keep your distance from bad moods, stay close to good ones, and stay on the sunny side of the street.

By Kathy

I am a Nurse Practitioner from Rochester, NY presently working in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital psychiatric settings.