Post by URBAN FARMING on Jan 2, 2015 11:25:43 GMT -6
"You can catch a cold from your friend — but did you know you can catch his loneliness, too?
According to research from Cacioppo and his colleagues (published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology), lonesomeness can be contagious. In fact, you're 52 percent more likely to feel lonely if someone you're directly connected to is lonely as well, said Cacioppo.
Why? When you're feeling empty or isolated, you may behave in more hostile and awkward ways toward another person, who in turn behaves a bit negatively toward someone else (and so on). The result can be an outbreak of social isolation and rejection."