It’s vital we understand the impact emotional contagion can have on others. Our emotions are a major driver of our
What’s emotional contagion?
Wikipedia states, “Emotional contagion is the phenomenon of having one person's emotions and related behaviors directly trigger similar emotions and behaviors in other people."
The key is to become aware of your how your emotions drive your
Have you or someone you know ever lost control of their emotions and behaved inappropriately in a professional or personal setting? I doubt anyone one of us could answer NO to that question. I personally have and it’s incredibly humiliating especially when I realized the negative situation I created. I showered everyone around me and within hearing distance with negative emotional contagion. I felt like curling up small and crawling away but at 5”11” that’s pretty much impossible. It only takes one situation like that to teach us there are better ways to manage our
How emotional contagion impacts negatively.
This type of behavior in the workplace affects morale and overall productivity negatively; it creates insecurity within the team. When coaching my clients, I hear of numerous situations where someone in a supervisory position takes a team down to a level of dysfunction due to their loss of emotional control and ability to manage. Yes, emotional contagion can do that!
We encourage our clients to observe their emotional reactions and work to realign them with alternative ways to communicate and manage their
To really get to know ourselves we must observe and review our
As we spend time reflecting on our observations, we become more self-aware. Then we can begin to ask others, whom we trust, to provide authentic feedback on how the way we manage our emotions and
The good thing is, this is a skill that can be learned and developed. Once we become more familiar with how our emotions affect others, we’re able to develop techniques to manage our emotions internally and share the emotions we choose, externally.