Random question …

June 13, 2007

If you have a community of, say, a hundred bipolar people (of the same type) living together for a year or longer, would there be a tendency for this community to experience a synchronization of mood swings?



  1. That is a VERY interesting question, and I would have the tendency to say yes. I say this based purely upon my experiences with an online community (the Undernet IRC channel #bipolar) that I have belonged to for years, where I have noted a tendency for people to cycle together at times. What are your thoughts on the matter?

  2. I’m glad you liked the question :-)

    As for my own thoughts, it seems reasonable that it could happen. I understand that our triggers can be environmental, as well as physiological. If environment can affect our mood swings, then it would stand to reason that someone else winding up or spiraling down could serve as a trigger to us. If we could act as triggers to other bipolar people, then synchronization, or something close to it, seems plausible to me. I guess the real question would be whether or not such a thing would have any significant relevance to further understanding how we tick?

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