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The idea that one can soak up someone else's depression or anxiety or sense the tension in a room is familiar. Indeed, phrases that capture this notion abound in the popular vernacular: "negative energy," "dumping," "you could cut the tension with a knife." "The Transmission of Affect deals with the belief that the emotions and energies of one person or group can be absorbed by or can enter directly into another. To neglect the mechanism by which affect is transmitted, Teresa Brennan claims, has serious consequences for science and medical research. Brennan's theory of affect is based on constant communication between individuals and their physical and social environments. Her important book details the relationships among affect, energy, and "new maladies of the soul," including attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, codependency, and fibromyalgia.
The Transmission of Affect explains how one person's emotions and energies can be absorbed by others with important understandings for "new maladies of the soul" such as attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.