A new study proposes that loneliness can spread like the common cold.
U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study suggests that loneliness can be catching. As reported by LiveScience, researchers have found that negative interactions may be linked to loneliness, or cause people to be less trusting of others.
John Cacioppo, University of Chicago psychologist and researcher on the study, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “A lonely person who anticipates others are going to act negatively toward them finds evidence in their environment for that, partly because they anticipate it and partly because they elicit it.”
As noted by LiveScience, the history of loneliness being linked to physical and mental health conditions may help add credibility to the study findings. Cacioppo is further quoted as stating, “Society may benefit by aggressively targeting the people in the periphery to help repair their social networks and to create a protective barrier against loneliness that can keep the whole network from unraveling.”
More information about the study may be available in the December publication of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
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