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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Emotional contagion is linked to many psychological studies on social behaviour.
Working in a negative environment can make you feel more miserable, and sharing a roof with a negative person can make you feel depressed.
We can try to withdraw from unhappy people, but when we really love others who are suffering, we want to help, not avoid them. We can help them by accepting their emotions while not giving up our own happiness.
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