Is this the work of those Mirror Neurons again? “Before losing their friends, lonely people transmit feelings of loneliness to their remaining friends, who also become lonely. Because loneliness is associated with mental and physical diseases that can shorten life, Cacioppo said it is important for people to recognize loneliness and help those affected before they move away to the edges.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology for Dec/09. http://www.apa.org/journals/psp/
Any wonder our mothers told us to stay away from people who were healthy in some way….