How Do Others Get under Our Skin?

Teresa Seeman

in Emotion, Social Relationships, and Health

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145410
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848201 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

How Do Others Get under Our                         Skin?

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As the chapters in this book have stated, the correlation between social ties and health has long been established. However, further probing should be done in terms of the direct impact of social bond on the human physiology, central to the risk factors of morbidity and mortality. In view of this, the chapter illustrates associations of the features and qualities of social relationships and life expectancy, with particular consideration given to the activity trends of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the sympathetic nervous system. Findings reveal that environmental stimuli not only produce positive physiological effects, but also create negative biological consequences. These outcomes are manifested by increased blood pressure, heightened reaction of vital organs (i.e. amygdala), and a lot more. And obviously, such activities can affect a person's regulation of emotions and coping mechanisms, which eventually impinges on the individual's longevity of life.

Keywords: social ties; health; physiology; life expectancy; emotional regulation; stimuli reactions

Chapter.  13981 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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