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Emotional Contagion : Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction - Elaine Hatfield

Emotional Contagion

Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction

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Published: 16th May 1994
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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.

"...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

Introduction
Animal research
Developmental research
Evidence that children catch their parents' emotions
Evidence that parents catch their childrens' emotions
Clinical research
Therapists' reaction to clients
Clinicians assessment of clients' emotional states: Conscious judgments versus emotional contagion
Do therapists' expectations subtly effect emotional contagion?
Psychopathic clients
Peoples' reactions to the anxious, depressed, or angry
Social psychological research
Cross-cultural research: hysterical contagion
Experimental social psychological research
Historical research
The dancing manias of the Middle-Ages
The great fear of 1789
The New York City riots of 1863
Man's inhumanity to man
Summing up
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ISBN: 9780521449489
ISBN-10: 0521449480
Series: Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 16th May 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41