Why Depression is Contagious?
Have you ever wondered how you can spend time around a depressed person and then start to become depressed
If so, this self help email should help you understand a little
bit more about the nature of depression and why it's so important to stay away from people who are chronically
The Power of Association
Have you ever heard of the term "guilty by association"? If so, it might not have occurred to you that guilt
isn't the only thing that we acquired by association.
Being around enthusiastic people causes you to become enthusiastic, being around ambitious people encourages you
to become ambitious...and being around depressed people causes you to become depressed.
This is because human beings are social creatures and we rely on the support of one another to
survive. Think about how painful rejection is, and that ought to give you an idea of how connecting with others is
hardwired into us.
It's a part of our survival instincts, and so there's nothing you can do to change that...and most of the time
But this survival instinct also causes us to blend in with the people around us so that we will have a sense of
belonging. This, again, is completely normal - but it can also be a double-edged sword.
Think about it, if you're around people who are depressed all the time, how are you going to develop a sense of
belonging when you're with them? By identifying with the way that they think and "tuning in" to the same
physical vibrations which you can "feel" coming off of them. This might sound a little bit new age, but the human
body actually admits electrical signals and vibrations according to the condition of the nervous system...
...which is an electrical system by the way.
So when I say that you "tune in" to the vibration of the people around you, I mean that your body can actually
pick up on these vibrations and cause you to think thoughts that will cause you to match that vibration.
This is also the same reason why depressed people are attracted to one another, enthusiastic people are
attracted to one another, and so on and so on.
What About Influencing Them Instead?
Now, it might be tempting to think that you can be a positive person around the depressed and cause them to take
on YOUR vibration. This is true sometimes....but it's also true that for most people, vice comes easier than
Mahatma Gandhi said that by the way.
He also said that it's not possible for a reformer to be in a close relationship with someone who they are
So if you know someone who is chronically depressed, it's probably a good idea if you create some distance and
boundaries. Even if you love this person, depression isn't as weak a state of mind as many of us think it is... for
many it's a position of power.
It's a position which allows people to gather sympathy from others and to suck away their emotional energy.
The best way to help someone who has fallen into chronic depression is to provide a positive example for
them to see...and it's hard to do this when you're allowing them to suck all of your energy away.
At best, you can set an example for them to follow and give them advice as to how they can change...but if they
won't, don't assume that they can't. More likely, their depression is a position of power that they've been using
to get what they want for a very long time.
Knowing this, and the fact that depression is contagious, it's best that you focus on keeping your vibrations
consistent with the type of people who will build you up and empower you to become a better person.
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