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Monday, August 27, 2012

Beware - Work Stress As Contagious As A Cold, Says Study

Do you sit next to a whingeing workmate who constantly moans about fellow colleagues, workload or politics? 

Professor Elaine Hatfield, a psychologist from the University of Hawaii, discovered that stress can be as contagious as a cold, and that 'passive' or second-hand stress and anxiety can quickly spread around the workplace.

'People seem to be capable of mimicking others' facial, vocal, and postural expressions with stunning rapidity,' Hatfield said.'As a consequence, they are able to feel themselves into those other emotional lives to a surprising extent.'

The end of family life?

Almost every teacher, who looks into the eyes of his/her students can't help but be perplexed or sit in grief.Woe, worry, fears and aimlessness glisten out of many of those eyes. I have every now and then shed a tear when news arrived of another brawl between some twos' or threes' or that another teenager has been left pregnant. More disparaging news just keeps populating small talk,table talk and hallway conversations.I wonder what their adult lives will be.I can see reflected in those eyes, fears that shouldn't be their lot for their times and age. Whatever happened to happy,fearless childhood?Many can't tell 'right' from 'wrong'. Nor do they seem to know what sex is for! This issue/question boils down to human worth , talent and the purpose of life itself.These kids are the next generation of leaders who'll flood public life and offices.Just why this character blighting? How has this come about and why is it dragging everyone down in it's wake ? I think the real reason's : family life . Family life as it should be has broken down .Family units have  become dysfunctional and worse days lie ahead for it. Children who are moorless come up with their own manifestos just as parents did not too long ago and continue to.The historian , Edward Gibbons was right.He attributes the fall of the mighty Roman Empire to:

1. “The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.”

2.  “Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace.”

3. “The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.”

4. “The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within, the decadence of the people.”

5. “The decay of religion–faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life and becoming impotent to warn and guide the people.”
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