People See, People Do
- Elaine Hatfield, a psychological researcher from the University of Hawaii and her husband, Dick Rapson, have spent a good part of their careers studying what they call “emotional contagion.” It’s the idea that, while people unconsciously mimic physical movements of other people around them, they also mimic emotions.
- The couple contends that emotions leak out a person’s face in very measurable, consistent ways called microexpressions — fleeting, involuntary expressions of feelings that last a fraction of a second. After years of research, Hatfield and Rapson say they have found our automatic mimicry of these microexpressions can actually produce the corresponding emotion inside of us.
- Supporting this theory are many studies which have shown that one of the ways emotions are produced is from the outside, in; the extent of the effect remains under debate. (NPR)
Comment: Is the above ever so true. (A statement, not a question.) A complete devoiding of the intellect and the heart.