U.S. News & World Report: Are You Catching Other People’s Emotions?


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Summary of Article

Are you catching other people’s emotions? Have you ever left a conversation with a friend or co-worker only to feel worse than when it started? Emotional contagion is when one person’s emotions and behaviors directly trigger similar emotions and behaviors in another. The emotional transmission can happen in milliseconds without our conscious awareness of it.

In comparison, interactions with others who are enthusiastic and happy can leave us feeling renewed and excited. Whereas interactions with someone who is grumpy or angry could leave us feeling depleted and in a bad mood. Our vibrational resonance with another person is important in compatibility, which is why it’s important to choose positive people to be around.

In this U.S. News World & Report article, I share how to recognize your limits and protect yourself from absorbing too many negative emotions from others.

Read the full article on U.S. News World & Report here.


Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at www.drjudithorloff.com.

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