moods are contagious
“Moods are contagious; they spread from those afflicted to those who are not.
“For those who do not have the protective cloak of professional training, or who are personally involved, it is next to impossible to maintain equanimity. Moods are too insinuating, too persuasive: despair begets despair.
“Concerned disengagement is the Holy Grail at such times, but obtaining and holding on to such a state is difficult; to remain impervious to provocation flies against all odds and is scarcely reasonable to expect from human nature.” Kay Redfield Jamison ‘Nothing Was The Same’