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Self-Control or Lack Thereof Is Contagious

Posted Jan 15 2010 12:00am

Here is a very interesting concept. You may have experienced some of this if you have been with a friend or in a group setting. A new University of Georgia study has revealed that self-control or the lack thereof is contagious. Researchers have found that watching or even thinking about someone with good self-control makes others more likely exert self-control. The researchers found that the opposite holds, too, so that people with bad self-control influence others negatively. The effect is so powerful that seeing the name of someone with good or bad self-control flashing on a screen for just 10 milliseconds changed the behavior. It has been found that people like to mimic behavior of those around them, possibly to fit in. Researchers are suggesting that this effect will endure for any kind of behavior like exercise, financial control and career goals.  So if you are looking to lose weight you want to be around people that will enable you to reach your goal, not sabotage you.

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