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Angry/negative people can be bad for your brain

In Ramblings on April 18, 2006 by Cody McComas

“Regarding the effect of mirror neurons and emotional contagion on personal performance, neurologist Richard Restak offers this advice:

If you want to accomplish something that demands determination and endurance, try to surround yourself with people possessing these qualities. And try to limit the time you spend with people given to pessimism and expressions of futility. Unfortunately, negative emotions exert a more powerful effect in social situations than positive ones, thanks to the phenomena of emotional contagion.

“This sounds harsh, and it is, but it’s his recommendation based on the facts as the neuroscientists interpret them today. This is not new age self-help–it’s simply the way brains work.”

Turns out that there is legitimate science to back this up. Very interesting. Angry/negative people can be bad for your brain (link)

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