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Emotional Contagion: What It Is and How to Avoid It

https://www.healthline.com/health/emotional-contagion

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Emotional Contagion: What It Is and How to Avoid It
Emotional contagion refers to the phenomenon of "catching" someone else's emotional state the way you would a contagious illness.

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Emotional Contagion

Emotional Contagion

This is what researchers call when we mimic the expressions and the emotions of the people around us.

The phrase "misery loves company" is a widely-used term and it seems that there is truth behind the phrase. Emotional contagion happens because of the mirror neuron system. Our neurons fire up when we behave in certain ways and is a probable explanation for how we experience empathy towards others.

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The 3 Stages of Emotional Contagion

  1. Mimicry - emotions are starting to be recognized, subtle copying of gestures or facial expressions
  2. Feedback - here is where we begin to experience the emotion being expressed towards us
  3. Contagion - the emotions evoked in us has to be expressed or related to others to provide release.

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Tips on Staying Positive

  • Surround yourself with things that make you happy
  • Send back positivity to others
  • Practice self-awareness to recognize what is happening in the present moment better
  • Laugh out loud
  • Try not to take things personally.

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