Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on August 22, 2020

in Current Affairs, Risk and Safety

… is from page 100 of Cass Sunstein’s excellent 2005 book, Laws of Fear (footnote deleted):

Individuals are highly responsive to emotions expressed by others. Those surrounded by depressed people are more likely to become depressed.; those surrounded by enthusiastic and energetic people are more likely to feel enthusiastic and energetic. The particular mechanisms behind emotional contagion are not fully understood, but fear is a prime example of an emotion that turns out to be contagious. It is therefore predictable that a group of frightened people will end up becoming still more fearful as a result of internal conversations.


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