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Emotional Contagion

Is It Worth Sacrificing Your Secrecy to Be Social?

Jamie Silverman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Technology
Jamie Silverman

The amount of access we're unknowingly granting to the seemingly innocent sites we visit on a daily basis is getting more and more invasive with no end in sight. How do we shield ourselves from this invisible line we didn't even know existed?

WATCH: Why We 'Catch' Yawning From Others

Posted 05.23.2012 | Science

Yawning is a mysterious thing. For starters, just reading that sentence may have caused you to yawn. The behavior, technically a reflex that involves ...

How to Stop Absorbing Others People's Negative Emotions

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 07.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

Emotions can be contagious, so you can potentially "catch" fear, anger or joy from people without realizing it. If you tend to be an emotional sponge, it's vital to know how to avoid taking on others' negative emotions.

Don't Let Bad Friends Drag You Down

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 07.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Pagliarini

Who you are is a function of whom you know. Your friends help shape your outlook, values, emotions and behaviors. Psychologists call this "social contagion," and it can work for or against you.

Are Your Emotions Contagious?

David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2011 | Healthy Living
David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Ever noticed that you feel happy around happy people and sad around sad or depressed people? This is known as "emotional contagion" and is facilitated by an interconnected network of cells in the brain.

Why Your Happiness Is Unpredictable

Time | Tiffany Sharples | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

If you think you can predict what you will like, think again. When people try to estimate how much they will enjoy a future experience, they are depen...