The Science Behind Why Some People Give Off Negative Vibes

Jennifer McDougall
5 min readJun 28, 2021

Certain people can create a negative vibe around them. You know who I’m talking about — the kind of person you want to avoid but can’t. What is it about them that makes you feel anxious and uncomfortable? Is it their body language? Their eye contact? The sound of their voice? Perhaps you can’t put your finger on it, but these types of people give off an ill feeling, and it only seems to get worse over time.

Have you ever walked into a room, and felt a strange feeling of discomfort and sensed that the vibe just isn’t right? This may be because of the negative energy given off by someone in the room. People who project negative energy often give everyone around them the willies without even realizing it.

We all experience those people who rub us the wrong way, and who can’t be around them for too long because it drains the energy right out of us. Have you ever thought about why? A new study has revealed that it might have something to do with a chemical reaction between your body’s natural odors and pheromones created by these unhappy, grumpy people.

Experts in the field, such as Mark Schaller, Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, point out that your brain employs certain cognitive and behavioral responses that aim to ‘protect’ you or safeguard your integrity. However, these reactions are sometimes more akin to instinct than to an objective and accurate view. As a result, we propose calculating or analyzing the impact of potential bias. It is better to use logic in conjunction with intuition.

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Jennifer McDougall

Passionate Lifestyle and Wellness Advocate | Dedicated to Sharing Self-Improvement Insights | Creator and Host of 'Life Refined'