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MISERY LOVES COMPANY by Tammera

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Misery Loves Company
Why we choose partners whose moods match our own. The emotional tone of relationships is set at the starting gate.
By Kaja Perina, published on January 01, 2003 – last reviewed on October 13, 2006

Does misery love company, or does misery make company equally miserable? Psychologists have long pondered whether couples and close friends are depressed in tandem because one person’s mood poisons the well, or because people gravitate toward significant others with the same traits.

In the first longitudinal comparison of mood in romantic partners and roommates, Chris Segrin, a professor of psychology and communications at the University of Arizona at Tucson, found that emotional tone is set at the starting gate.

Segrin surveyed 153 dating couples and 170 pairs of roommates for three months. He concluded that women’s emotional states—positive or negative—were unrelated to changes in their boyfriends’ moods and vice versa. Moreover, couples that had been dating longer were no more likely to mirror each other’s emotional states than were newly minted partners. “I was surprised by how similar the partners’ moods remained over time. I thought there’d be much more fluctuation,” says Segrin.

There was evidence of short-lived emotional contagion: Severely depressed subjects were more likely to have a roommate whose mood declined over a six-week period than were less depressed subjects. But subjects cheered up noticeably when they spent time away from their miserable roommates. “Emotional contagion doesn’t last for weeks; it is more fleeting and transient,” says Segrin, who thinks people believe otherwise because “the idea that you ‘catch’ emotions like you catch the flu is seductively simple and parsimonious.”While this study focused on depressive mood, Segrin’s results were the same for people with sunny dispositions. “Couples were as matched on positive affect as on negative affect. Happy people seek out happy people, and those who are down and out seek the same.”
Source:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200303/...

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woman, mask, depression, misery, unhappy, state of being, depressed, alone, dark, dank, miserable, heart, broke heart, broken heart, green, red, abstract realism, abstract, surreal, surrealism, surrealistic, tree, smiling faces, grimace, clown, mourn, mourning, sad

I knew I wanted to be an artist at age 4 (Full story: Click on full portfolio, Click on my name)

I am permanently disabled and work at home. Previously, I have been employed as Art Director at California Manufacturers Association and Production Artist at SMW Communications of Sacramento CA.

I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
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Oils. Acrylics. Watercolors. Pastels. Inks. Charcoals. Graphites.

Currently I am focused and self taught in Digital Art.

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  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    Very neat visual!

  • thanx kindly Vigor!!

    – Tammera

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    Isn’t that the truth. Outstanding work, Tammera

  • Thanx so much Tori!!

    – Tammera

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 1 year ago

    great work

  • Thanx kindly Lisa!!

    – Tammera

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    Amazing work and great read!!!

  • Thank you Louise!

    – Tammera

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work Tammera, cool to see it in DAC !!

  • awww…Thanx Billy good to see ya!

    – Tammera

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 1 year ago

    Creative, fantastic work!

  • thank you so kindly Thea!

    – Tammera

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 1 year ago

    This is so beautiful David, love, xxo

  • David (?)…Thanx Anna…Tammera!!

    – Tammera

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesover 1 year ago

    What a cool creation, Tammera!

  • thank you so much hon!!

    – Tammera

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 1 year ago

    01-18-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Feature!!~~
    Thank you so kindlly Kira!!

    – Tammera

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 1 year ago

    powerful and emotive work

  • Thanx so much Boo!!

    – Tammera

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