“When we eat with people who eat a lot, we eat more,” says Suzanne Higgs, psychobiologist of appetite at the University of Birmingham. “People aren’t often aware they are being influenced in that way.” Our social circle affects our habits and behaviors in countless ways, even on a subconscious level. This BBC article delves into the negative and positive ways we can sway and be swayed within our group of friends. It touches on the concept of vicarious dissonance, or when you adopt something that is inconsistent with your attitudes or beliefs because you see someone else display that attitude or belief. An especially useful read for the adults and soon-to-be-college students in our community. Choose your friends wisely!

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