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Emotional Contagion

Emotional contagion. It’s the way emotions trigger similar emotions in people around them. It’s the reason that everyone around you suddenly gets grumpy when you come into work late and irritated.   It’s also the reason that when one dog barks, every other dog in the vicinity barks wildly, too. I’m barking! He’s barking! We’re all barking! We have a tendency to mimic the facial expressions and emotional states of those around us. And it happens quickly. It’s been called instinctual. Humans do this along with other primates and dogs.

The Purpose of Anger

Let’s talk anger for a minute.

Most of the time, I’m a laid back gal. Nothing bothers me much, and when it does, I stop and take a few breaths while the anger passes. So, traffic? Not a problem.

The problem occurs when I cross over into real anger mode. When I feel the internal heat skyrocket. When I can’t sleep because of the atomic bomb in my gut.  This kind of anger doesn’t happen often for me, but when it does, I have trouble moving through it easily.