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Affected by the weather? — Universal Principles

Affected by the weather?

Some ideas about how weather affects different people, from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

Reactive people are often affected by their physical environment. If the weather is good, they feel good. If it isn’t, it affects their attitude and their performance. Proactive people can carry their own weather with them. Whether it rains or shines makes no difference to them.

SUNFLAIR, by Sandra Marek

Reactive people are also affected by their social environment, by the “social weather”. When people treat them well, they feel well; when people don’t, they become defensive or protective. Reactive people build their emotional lives around the behavior of others, empowering the weaknesses of other people to control them.

Does your mood depend on the weather?

guaranteed, by Ramon Rosati


1 Karin { February 26, 2011 at 18:54 }

I think reactiveness may be an important part of group living animals, like our selfs. My first thought was that to be proactive must be better, but when reading the text again it actually sounds bit boring too. I do not doubt that it is benificial in many circumstances, however.

2 Henrik Jernevad { February 26, 2011 at 21:58 }

Perhaps empathy is the important part, to be able to understand what other people feel (but still decide how to act on it)?

But then, reactiveness is definitely more convenient many times as it allows to you blame others. It most likely won’t help, but it feels good. It’s like scratching an itch. :-)

3 Karin { February 27, 2011 at 11:24 }

I mostly agree, but I still do not think it is a bad thing to be infected by a happy mood or good weather =)