Psychology of Socializing

A collection of notes on the Psychology of Socializing

Socializing with Strangers improves your mood: Hello Stranger (NY Times) article on how the social norm of avoiding contact and pretending everyone else doesn’t exist when walking by them in public or sitting next to them on public transportation increases everyone’s feelings of being disconnected from one another.  The study found that most people are open to having a conversation with strangers, and because most learn to be nice to strangers as a social convention, and your emotions are influenced by your actions, by having conversations with strangers, their nice actions translate into more positive emotions, and people feel better about themselves after talking to strangers than after ignoring them.  The same article references a study where if you go too far in the opposite direction, staring for too long and too intently at strangers, you come off too strong and people avoid you.  

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