Second Hand Mood??

United States
February 25, 2008 7:03am CST
I wonder if mood changes is infectious like diseases? I have noticed that the negative emotions of one person whom you are around for a long period of time can have effects on the mental and physical health of the rest of the family. The following story is not my own. I do not know who to give credit for it. It just explains my point so well that I wanted to use it: A Chicago meat packer comes home after a long day of tough physical labor in a smelly and otherwise disagreeable workplace. He arrives home in a black mood and sulks, ruining the moods of his wife and children as well. His wife feels caught in the middle, wondering what she can do to make the home atmosphere lighter. She flits back and forth between her most sensitive child, her daughter and her husband, trying to brighten the evening. But when dad is in one of his moods, the kids get depressed and think the tension in the air is somehow their fault. Sometimes, the kids get so blue that they can't concentrate or finish their homework. An Insidious Poison Psychologists have shown that frequent exposure to negative emotions can have a negative effect on the rest of the family members, sometimes even affecting their physical health. Studies have found that the children who were repeatedly exposed to adults negative emotions are at greater risk for heart disease and depression. What do you think? Is there such a thing as Second hand moods or emotions? Do you think that being around someone who has negative vibes can cause you to have negative vibes? Is it possible for someone who has positive vibes to help others have positive vibes? I am really interested in your views on this subject
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
26 Feb 08
This is so true. If your in a bad mood it will attach itself to others that you are around. If your in an upbeat mood that will help lighten the mood of those around you. Smile and people smile back. A while back there was alot of talk on the internet and tv about "The Secret" "The Law of Attraction", did you see any of it. Positive thinking is so much better for your life and health then being negative.
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Thanks for the last few best responses.
@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
25 Feb 08
The way we feel psychologically does effect us physically and although I read about it in psychology classes I recently found it to be true personally. Since my Mom passed away in Jan. I've had so many new aches and pains and colds. Much more than I have when I'm not depressed.
• United States
25 Feb 08
I have been going through depression myself and it is affecting my health. Of course depression is a real medical problem. I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I hope you feel better really soon.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I do think that moods can affect others, if only because we have to respond to the other person somehow. It seems that negative moods are stronger because it takes a lot of positive energy to overcome them, while a negative mood seems to overcome a positive one quickly.
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
25 Feb 08
Moods - especially for people who are sensitive to vibes and notice change sin others easily - are infectious. No doubt about it. My husband and I experience this all the time with each other and with other people. If you train yourself, you can actually "feed" off other peoples moods to help yours improve.
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