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GLOSSARY
con·ta·gion
The spreading of suicidal ideologies through media, friendships, community, etc.
Behavioral contagion is a tendency for the behavior of one or more people to be copied by others rapidly and compulsively. With little analysis or forethought, more people respond to this stimulus and quickly adopt it in succession. More of a powerful social influence, it usually explains how moods and behaviors are adopted by crowds.
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