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Are pain, sorrow, and other negative experiences contagious in some way, shape, or form? Have you ever given much thought to this prospect?

BlueVeins · 22-25
You're basically describing compassion fatigue. Negative emotions are absolutely contagious and psychiatrists have studied the phenomenon specifically.
AuRevoir · 31-35, M
@BlueVeins Interesting.. Please feel free to share more about it if you wish..
BlueVeins · 22-25
@AuRevoir I'm obviously not an expert, so I'll leave it to a qualified source --

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/somatic-psychology/201207/compassion-fatigue

I've kind of experienced it before, myself from reading too many unfortunate stories on SW and I know another person on here who's had the same.
AuRevoir · 31-35, M
@BlueVeins Thank you for the link! It's much appreciated!
sonofsasquatch · 26-30, M
yesh, especially through music.
AuRevoir · 31-35, M
@sonofsasquatch Agreed..
writhe · 26-30, F
[c=#008099] They can be if you are an empath or if you use very strong means, like art.[/c]
AuRevoir · 31-35, M
@writhe Art is soulful..
writhe · 26-30, F
@AuRevoir [c=#008099]but that's good[/c]
Yeah but that's helpful, it's not like a disease.
AuRevoir · 31-35, M
@HannibalAteMeOut I think it can be like both, depending upon the person, current frame of mind, state of emotional/mental health etc..
@AuRevoir yeah sometimes you just want to stay away from the negativity, but you shouldn't really avoid it all the time.
NewBeginnings7790 · 36-40, F
Yeah, especially for empath’s.

 
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