Have you ever felt extremely stressed or happy without being conscious of the process that led you to this state of mind?
According to a new research that was published in the journal ‘Psychoneuroendocrinology’, your state of mind is very much dependent on the state of mind of the people who are closest to you. Being surrounded by anxious people can affect our wellbeing tremendously.
The above research shows that when we are observing a stressful situation or a tense behavior we tend to empathize by following the same pattern of emotions. It is only natural that when we experience compassion towards another person we will have the need to be in the shoes of the person who is suffering from it in order to understand them better. This can not only harm our mental health but also the psychological state of our loved one, as being in the same stressful condition as them cannot allow us to actually help them. We must try and stay objective and not empathize with them to such a degree. If you want to find out more on how can stress and happiness be contagious, read the following article.
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If you’re stressed out and you can’t put your finger on why, it might be worth considering the company you keep. New research shows that stress is highly contagious, not just in how you feel but in the way your body responds physically as well.
If you surround yourself with others who are stressed (either by choice or circumstance), it’s probably affecting your mental and physical health. And get this… the same holds true for watching stressful situations on television.
‘Astonishing’ Demonstration of Empathic Stress
The new research, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology,1 revealed that simply observing someone else in a stressful situation typically elicits an empathic stress response in the observer.
For instance, when observing stressed participants (who were asked to solve difficult arithmetic tasks and engage in interviews) through a one-way mirror, 30 percent of the observers experienced a stress response in the form of an increase in the stress hormone cortisol.
When the observer had a romantic relationship with the stressed participant, the emphatic stress response was even stronger, affecting 40 percent. However, even when observing a stressed stranger, 10 percent of observers felt similarly stressed. The stress response was transmitted not only when observers watched the event live, through a one-way mirror, but also via video transmission.
About 24 percent of the observers had increased cortisol levels when they watched a televised version of the stressful event. One of the study’s researchers noted that stress has “enormous contagion potential” and called their results…
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