Chapter Two Summart Of Connected Essay

966 words - 4 pages

“When you smile, the world smiles with you”, a very intriguing concept, which is the title of the second chapter of Connected (2009) by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, that highlights their research of human emotions and how they spread through social networks. Emotions can spread from person to person, and network to network, they are essentially contagious; this includes fear, anxiety, loneliness, and happiness.
Christakis and Fowler state that emotions themselves contain several elements. Emotions contain a conscious element, meaning people are aware of what they’re feeling. They have a physical aspect; emotions are tied to an individuals’ health. They also have a neurological ...view middle of the document...

The authors explain that, MPI’s occur when an individual’s emotional state turns into a contagion that spreads beyond the immediate people involved. Meaning, it spreads from person to person like a virus. MPI’s have been known to spread across entire schools, towns, and cities. The authors studied multiple occurrences of MPI throughout history, and found that these occurrences happen because of individuals observing and mimicking others; they have a purely psychological base. However, most victims of MPI deny that it was psychological and believe the events to be true.
After researching MPI’s the authors wanted to know more about how emotions spread. They conducted experiments using the sampling method; a method that prompts participants within the experiment to record their emotions, to later be analyzed. Christakis and Fowler found that emotional states spread the strongest within family members, but the effects of the emotions were different between male and female family members. This raised the question of how happiness is spread, and if it could be caught like other emotions.
Christakis and Fowler discovered, yes, happiness does spread through social networks. It was also discovered that happy people make connections with happy people, and that unhappy people tend to connect more with others who are also unhappy. However, the percentage of an individual’s emotional affects on others was found to be generally small, and still applied to the authors Three Degrees of Influence rule (discussed in chapter one). The authors also found that the number of happy connections individuals have in their network increases the chances of being happy. This is also true with life events that cause happiness; they tend to give you a boost, so to speak, and therefore boost the happiness of the others around them. The authors continue to express additional findings that suggest happiness also plays a part in being healthy; more...

Find Another Essay On Chapter two summart of Connected

"The Two:" A Look at the Woman-to-Woman Bond and Its Effect on Traditional Gender Roles. Written about "The Two," a chapter from Gloria Naylor's "The Women of Brewster Place"

981 words - 4 pages who protected the two from the others, Ben.The trouble all begins with Sophie, a "willing carrier" of the rumor that had "first spread through the block like a sour odor that's only faintly perceptible and easily ignored until it starts growing in strength from the dozen mouths it had been lying in" (Naylor 2544). Sophie is one of the biggest obstacles the girls will face throughout the text, making their business her business:[indent]Since

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Essay

1375 words - 6 pages thing that happen frequently throughout life. Through this information, I see that advantages are given every day. What parts of chapter one are relevant to my life? When the chapter spoke of how birthdays were connected to sports I relate to it because I play sports and see continuously how it affects the athletes. Outliers has a section that says, “He was one of the lucky ones” (Gladwell 34). Like the book described, I am an athlete who is

The Dancer's Gift and Sociology

905 words - 4 pages the textbook’s chapter four (Socialization with emphasis on Israel and the Palestinian Territories) giving the terms: socialization, looking-glass self, significant others, etc. Chapter five (Seventeen after two. Research methods) introduce how Samantha started conducting her sociology research, while in the Ferrante’s book we have covered research methods in chapter two. The significance is that this novel is connected with sociology, giving

Invisible Man, Mr. Norton and White Supremacy

1282 words - 5 pages as a kind of healing, rescuing, great white father. He will do anything not to disappoint him. For example, after the Golden Day incident, Invisible "wanted to stop the car and talk with Mr. Norton, to beg his pardon for what he had seen; to plead and show him tears, unashamed tears like those of a child before his parent…"[-1: Ellison, Ralph. "Chapter two, Chapter three." In Invisible man. 2nd Vintage International ed. New York: Vintage

Chapter One and Thirty Nine of Great Expectations

1657 words - 7 pages Compare chapter 1 of Great Expectations, in which Pip first meets the convict, with chapter 39, when the convict returns. Charles Dickens is considered to be one of the greatest English novelists of the Victorian period. This greatest of Victorian writers was born in Landport, Portsmouth, on February 7, 1812. His father John worked as a clerk in the Navy Payroll Office in Portsmouth. It was his personal experience of factory work and the

Bpundaries in dating

2082 words - 9 pages this helps in the long run. Chapter two: Require and Embody Truth. In this chapter Cloud and Townsend express the word deception in many areas of life such as relationship, friends, friends, other people, who you are, facts, hurt and conflict, two types of liars, and essentials boundary. There is deception in everything and you have to watch out for certain things such as dating, you can date someone but the biggest fear is the fear of a

Adult Learning

615 words - 3 pages should be tailored to the various learning styles. The most surprising feature of the chapter relates to the last topic on assessing adult learning, as it flows from the beginning to the end. The concepts are well connected to achieve the author’s goal of explaining the assessment procedure. For that reason, it corresponds to the main objective of the chapter, which is to describe the methods used in the adult learning assessment process. It is

schedule

2574 words - 10 pages scholarship to a member attending the Washington Leadership Conference.I move that our chapter pay all the expenses to send two chapter delegates to the State FFA Leadership Conference.I move that our chapter contribute $500 to our state FFA Center Building Fund.I move that FFA members must attend at least ten chapter meetings as one of the requirements for a chapter degree pin.I move that our chapter sponsor a square dance and invite members of other

Mad Scientists and Mad Elements

948 words - 4 pages conveyed the central theme and concepts. It is very easy for someone to understand the context-filled stories and how they connect to what Kean is trying to establish. Additionally, the author generally maintains a balanced bias throughout the chapter. However, with the story of Pons and Fleischmann, one can really sense Kean’s negative attitude to these two scientists. He describes the pair as “impostors, swindlers, and cheats” (263) as well as

Great Expectations

1036 words - 4 pages want of painting, and with dirty windows… we all went into a stone hall, bare, gloomy, and little used.” (Chapter 26, page 223). It seems as though Jagger’s house shares the exact same dark mood as Satis House, in a way they are related because they are both the castle in the fairy tale and Molly’s terrible lonely fate is connected to Estella.At last, we are treated to a surprising ending unlike fairy tales, where characters

Who Do You Love? Comparative Essay on Ch.10 and Ch.11 in The Whole Family a book by 12 authors

680 words - 3 pages In The Whole Family, chapter ten and chapter eleven are written in two different styles of writing from the perspectives of two different people. Each paragraph is competing with the other for the romantic ending of the story. Chapter ten sets up a twist on the earlier chapters for Peggy and Dr. Denbigh to have a serious love affair using the accounts of a young boy. Chapter eleven denies the love affair between Peggy and the doctor and

Similar Essays

The Effects Of A Mogul Wound: Chapter One And Two

743 words - 3 pages Chapter One:Elrond and Gandalf were in Elrond's study discussing the councilthat would be held in a few days."What if the halfling has not arisen by then Gandalf?" Elrondquestioned the old Wizard. "It is imperative that he be there! Maybewe should wait more than two days for the council.""Nay, mellon nîn ," Gandalf replied. "Time is of theessence. He will have awoken by then. As a matter of fact he willawaken soon. Sam's bedside vigil

Chapter Titles In Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" And What They Reveal About This Novel

1249 words - 5 pages Ben Weissler3/16/08Block 5A Tale of Two CitiesCharles Dickens' novel, A Tale of Two Cites, is a very rich text. The characters, plot, and writing style are all complex and multifaceted. However, one of the least studied and important part of this novel is the chapter titles and even the proposed novel titles. These titles reveal and expose more about the text, like symbolism and irony that would have otherwise been missed. Dickens' chapter and

Chapter Two: Review Of The Related Literature

1212 words - 5 pages perception show that there are several cues listeners use to segment and subsequently, perceive words. Currently, researchers recognize two categories of cues used by listeners to locate boundaries in speech: knowledge-driven processes and acoustic speech signals (Dilleys, Mattys, & Vinke, 2010). Knowledge-Driven Processes Phonotactics, syntactic expectations, and context encompass the knowledge-driven processes used by listeners to segment words in

The World Of The Counselor: A Brief Analysis Of Chapter Two

1235 words - 5 pages faced with people who are affected by gang related crime (FBI, 2014). How will we handle this gang war? This is a frightening issue in which I have no idea where to begin unraveling. What I do know is students in my school may be pressured to join a gang or already have. Being aware of these students and helping them before they make the life changing decision to join a gang is something I need to put on my top priority list. Chapter 2 in The World