2. Without realizing it, we are deeply affected by other people’s moods.
Research call this phenomena “emotional contagion”. This is a natural process that pre-wired our brain via “mirror-neurons” that allow us to sense and reflect other people’s emotions. (Blume. 2007). As stated in the Chameleon Effect, we have a natural tendency to imitate another person’s speech inflections and physical expressions (Bargh and Chartand, 1999).
- Blume, Ph.D. 2007. Contagious Emotions.