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Emotional Contagion [Paperback]

Elaine Hatfield , John T. Cacioppo , Richard L. Rapson

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Sept. 24 1993 0521449480 978-0521449489 1
When people are in a certain mood, whether elated or depressed, that mood is often communicated to others. When we are talking to someone who is depressed it may make us feel depressed, whereas if we talk to someone who is feeling self-confident and buoyant we are likely to feel good about ourselves. This phenomenon, known as emotional contagion, is identified here, and compelling evidence for its effects is offered from a variety of disciplines--social and developmental psychology, history, cross-cultural psychology, experimental psychology, and psychopathology. The authors propose a simple mechanism to account for the process of contagion. They argue that people, in their everyday encounters, tend automatically and continuously to synchronize with the facial expressions, voices, postures, movements, and instrumental emotional behaviors of others. Emotional experiences are affected, moment-to-moment, by the feedback from such mimicry. In a series of orderly chapters, the authors provide observational and laboratory evidence to support their propositions. They then offer practical suggestions for clinical psychologists, physicians, husbands and wives, parents, and professionals who wish to become better at shaping the emotional tone of social encounters.

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"...the potential of Emotional Contagion to exert a positive and long-lasting influence on research and theory in emotional interaction is immense...an important and useful book." Joseph N. Cappella, Contemporary Psychology

"...this book clearly explores its topic and presents a compelling case for its thesis, all in readable prose that is laced with interesting examples." Cognition and Emotion

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The communication of a mood from one person to another is identified as emotional contagion. Compelling evidence for its effects are presented from social and developmental psychology, history, cross-cultural and experimental psychology and psychopathology within this analysis of the phenomenon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Explanation of How Ideas and Emotions Spread Aug. 1 2000
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While reading Malcolm Bradwell's best-selling "The Tipping Point," Bradwell referred to "Emotional Contagion" as "brilliant." So I went to the source and found it just that. It offers rigorous explanations for how ideas and emotions spread, relying on fascinating experimental data from psychology and molecular biology. And the book is never dry or boring; it includes interesting historical and cultural examples as well. I think it's an important and thoroughly accessible work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much theory and selling me on what I already know and wanted more application March 9 2013
By Michael Twomey - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like the excellent, "Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell and so I got some of the books he sited in the back of his book. I already know and believe in "Emotional Contagion" and all I got was more theory as if they were not sure themselves and were trying to sell me on the idea that emotions affect others. It is a dry read with good information yet I wanted more application instead of more theory so I thought it was an ok book for people new to this idea, yet having practiced Hypnosis, Persuasion and Influence for many years I was hoping for more application instead of more theory. So I rate the book "just ok"

Michael Twomey

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