Emotional Contagion — Why You Must Be Careful Who You Surround Yourself With

Manj Bahra
Apr 6, 2019 · 7 min read

The Science Of Emotional Contagion

As defined by Elaine Hatfield, a pioneering researcher within Relationship Science, Emotional Contagion is:

  1. Feedback — people feel a pale reflection of others’ emotions as a consequence of such feedback.
  2. Contagion — The result is that people tend to catch one another’s emotions.
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Your Relationship

If you are in a romantic relationship, perform an honest appraisal. What do you both bring to each other from an emotional standpoint? What are the strongest emotions prevalent in your interactions, and who is the originator of them? Remember when it comes to Emotional Contagion, the stronger feeling wins.

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Your Friendships

If you’re someone who loves to help others or maintain deep friendships, it’s even more critical that you protect yourself and be willing to make tough decisions on who you spend time with.

  1. Make a conscious decision to surround yourself with more positive people
  2. Allow them to pollute your emotions.
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Beyond In-Person Interactions — Social Media

If you thought this was limited to in-person interactions, think again. One of the largest platforms that could be affecting you is social media. Facebook conducted an incredibly controversial study in 2014 to investigate “Massive-scale Emotional Contagion through social networks.”

  1. Textual content alone appears to be a sufficient channel — as opposed to the prior beliefs that non-verbal mimicry was required

Final Thoughts

Emotional Contagion is real, and it’s affecting your life whether you like it or not. The first step is to acknowledge its existence and where it may be prevalent for you. The next step is to decide what you are going to do about it.


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Problem Solving in Fitness, Relationships, and Personal Development

Manj Bahra

Written by

Problem Solver in Fitness, Self-Improvement, and Relationships. Follow me on Instagram manj.bahra or drop a line manjbahra@outlook.com if I can help you.

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Problem Solving in Fitness, Relationships, and Personal Development

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