– Simply seeing someone in a difficult situation triggers stress responses
– Can also be when TV character or stranger is in worrying environment
It’s news that may not be surprising to those with flustered colleagues: stress really is contagious.
New research has revealed that merely seeing another person in a difficult situation is enough to trigger stress responses in our own bodies.
The effects are not just felt when a partner is stressed, but also when a TV character or stranger is seen in a worrying environment.
The researchers said stress is a major health threat in today’s society, causing a range of psychological problems such as burnout, depression and anxiety.
And even people who lead relatively relaxed lives constantly come into contact with stressed individuals, either at work or even in TV shows.
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