You Were The Best Of Times, You Were The Worst…
Four studies examined whether our most intense emotional experiences were independent (just me) or interdependent (you and me) experiences. People were asked to write about emotionally intense events and they tended to write about experiences shared with others. In a follow up experiment, they also said that experiences with others had more emotional impact than independent experiences.
So…. other people provide us with the best and worst of times. Yeah, I bet you could have told them that.
Source: What Makes Us Feel the Best Also Makes Us Feel the Worst: The Emotional Impact of Independent and Interdependent Experiences Lisa M. Jaremka, Shira Gabriel & Mauricio Carvallo pages 44-63