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Teens can 'catch' moods from friends, study

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Teenagers can “catch” moods from their friends and negative moods appear to be more contagious than positive, a study has found.

The study by Oxford and Birmingham universities investigates “emotional contagion” among teenagers, to see the impact of individuals’ moods within a shared social network.

It found that moods become similar to those of the people they spend time with, but there is a tolerance of different moods, and grumpy teenagers are no less popular with their peers than those with a more sunny disposition.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jan/20/teenagers-can-catch-moods-from-friends-study-finds

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Crazy Horse

Its not just teenagers..

One time I was cycling through France and this one morning I got lost. I ended-up going around in one giant circle, and around lunchtime I passed by the campsite that I had left early that morning, and I was so mad. Wasting time and energy, I was fuming.

Sitting in a bus shelter, feeling sorry for myself, I noticed an oldish guy riding a tandem bike, (by himself) dressed in orange and with orange flags draped everywhere, playing a tiny musical instrument in his mouth. My face must have been a picture as my mouth hit the floor. He passed by at the slowest pace possible, all the while playing as merry tune that seemed to be made-up as he went along.

The up-shot of this spectacle was that my dark, filthy mood, was replaced in an instant by something much more pleasant.

I have also noticed that I cannot stay in a bad mood if I am with someone who is happy and positive.

 

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White-Coyote

yeah, everyone can catch a mood.

Be around some p***ed off people for a minute and you'll be p***ed off too. 

Facts. 

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littlebrowndragon
On 1/21/2021 at 1:01 PM, Still Waters said:

Teenagers can “catch” moods from their friends and negative moods appear to be more contagious than positive, a study has found.

The study by Oxford and Birmingham universities investigates “emotional contagion” among teenagers, to see the impact of individuals’ moods within a shared social network.

 

It really beggars belief the amount of money that is poured into scientific research, in this case to establish “mood contagion”, something that anyone with any sense knows to exist anyway.  But then, that is science for you.  It disempowers people.  Unless something is “scientifically proven”, then even if common sense tells a person that something is true, one cannot possibly be right unless science confirms it.

As to mood contagion, what about, for example, crowd hysteria?  However, my main point is that people are all too easily manipulated.  Governments manipulate people all the time, specifically their emotional state e.g. by the use of fear.  As Tyrion Lannister says to someone in Game of Thrones, it is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be.  Therefore, I think that mood contagion is a symptom of an unhealthy mind.  A healthy person ought to be immune to such contagion.  A healthy mental immune system would ensure this.

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openozy
17 hours ago, littlebrowndragon said:

It really beggars belief the amount of money that is poured into scientific research, in this case to establish “mood contagion”, something that anyone with any sense knows to exist anyway.  But then, that is science for you.  It disempowers people.  Unless something is “scientifically proven”, then even if common sense tells a person that something is true, one cannot possibly be right unless science confirms it

One of the best posts I've seen on here.

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