Updated: Sep 3, 2018
I went out to recycle my plastic. In the middle of posting cartons into the holes of the recycling container, a woman screamed at me from the end of the parking lot, "You can't put drink cartons in there!!"
Now, I am a passionate recycler and if that's what she's choosing to scream about, she's clearly a pretty passionate recycler as well. So, even though we're both on the same team, it sure didn't feel like it.
Here's what happened. She lost me at "You" and I may or may not have returned fire with "You don't know what you're talking about."
That's the power of emotional contagion. What you feel influences how I feel, whether I notice it or not.