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.
The ability to borrow... more...