Have you ever noticed how being around nutsy/negative people can make you feel nutsy/negative?
Psychologists call this “emotional contagion” – and there’s even evolutionary reasons for why someone else’s curmudgeonly ways can infect you.
“The original form is the contagion of fear and alarm,” said Frans de Waal, a psychologist and primate expert at Atlanta’s Emory University. “You’re in a flock of birds. One bird suddenly takes off. You have no time to wait and see what’s going on. You take off, too. Otherwise, you’re lunch.”
Translation: Getting caught up in another’s negativity is a hard-wired survival mechanism.
“I have often noticed how primate [...]