How do people spread stress to each other?

March 11, 2015 11:57 AM

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How do people spread stress to each other?

Q: Regarding your column on people spreading secondhand stress at the office, how is stress actually conveyed from one person to another?

A: Working with people who are stressed has both physiological and emotional effects. Perspiration produced under emotional strain releases alarm pheromones, or airborne chemical signals. When inhaled by others, these substances activate the amygdala, the region of the brain linked to emotional arou...

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