We can be in someone’s company and come out feeling tired and drained. We may never question why or how we can spend three or four hours in a friend’s company and then wish we hadn’t.
In hindsight, those times weren’t necessarily about us, but about those friends we chose to spend our time with. As our mood spirals, it makes our life so much harder. Our moods don’t always start with us. They start with someone else, then affects us; although the person struggling tends to think it’s us and not them.
Psychologists believe that when we interact with people, we do so by picking up on voice tones, body language and expressions. Our brain then responds to those feelings. This is exactly why we can empathise, stay impartial and are better equipped to help.
There are many drawbacks to these scenarios, particularly when those in our company begin to overpower us by their mood. It’s fine when they’re happy because their mood will have a positive effect on us, but not when they’re struggling.
This is one of the reasons why it’s important we surround ourselves with people who uplift us and don’t bring us down, even if that includes family.