Examples of emotional contagion. Emotional contagion is a real thing and it can be dangerous. This is what is associated with the concept 'group think,' which is a phenomenon where we engage in group activity that we would not engage in ourselves. This type of mentality can lead to dangerous outcomes, including riots and other harmful behaviors. In emotional contagion, the person loses sight of their own thoughts and feelings and goes along with the experience of the crowd. This type of phenomenon has been known to psychologists and sociologists for decades, and sociologists generally study this given that they focus on group interactions.
How can you avoid 'emotional contagion'? If you find yourself getting sucked into the feelings and thoughts of others on a regular basis, and changing deep things like values based on others ideas then it's important to take a step back. You may be vulnerable to emotional contagion. We encourage 'reality checking' with people you trust and always seeking professional consult when an issue is bigger than yourself. Many times, when this type of a thing is a challenge for someone, they need a professional to help them figure out what is underneath. On the other hand, any of us can get sucked into 'group think,' so if something does not feel right, don't do it. Remember that the science shows that it is indeed easier to lose yourself and who you are in a pack mentality.
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