A negative outlook really can rub off on others.Imagine the following scene. An 18-year-old college freshman, Rose, calls her parents at the end of her first semester away at school:
Mom: "Honey, how are you? How are classes going?"
Rose: "Ahh... Well, I caught something from Jen, my roommate."
Dad: "Like a cold, honey? What did you catch?"
Rose: "Not a cold, dad, something worse."
Mom: "Something worse?! What, honey, what happened to you?"
Rose: "I caught a cognitive vulnerability to depression."
Dad and Mom in unison: "A what?!"
Dad: "Depression isn't something you catch, honey. I'm so glad you don't have the flu."
Rose: "No dad, it's for real. I can tell. I caught her cognitive vulnerability. I know it, and now I'll never finish the semester…"
Sounds wild, right? Well, new research from the University of Notre Dame found that a so-called cognitive vulnerability to depression is, indeed, contagious among college roommates. Rose's roommate's vulnerability to depression has "rubbed off" onRead More »from Can You 'Catch' Depression from Your Friends?