We’ve talked before about emotions being contagious. Well, here’s a study that was done at the University of Chicago about social networks  that discovered that lonely people actually spread that loneliness to others around them – friends, neighbors, anyone they come into contact with. The most interesting thing about this study for me is that they talk about the mechanism for the spread – they reference a gradual ‘fraying’ at the edges of society. They also showed that this phenomenon was more pronounced among friends than family, and for women than for men. None of this surprised me but I was thrilled to see a little of the ‘how’ come to light. I wonder if there are other good studies about emotional contagion out there? Anyone know of any?

Alex Russell

Alex is a member of the Six Seconds EQ Network practicing and sharing emotional intelligence

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