# Unpaired electrons

Am I right in saying this: If there is an unpaired electron, then there is no neutral charge in that atom and a negative charge is given since the electron doesn't cancel out, since there is no pair. So does that negative atom carry that unpaired negative charge? And does that atom/element, like cobalt attract things because of the negative unpaired electron and how it attracts a proton from a different atom? Someone please make it clear to me.

• Welcome to chemistry.stackexchange.com. Feel free to take a tour of the site. Visit the help center for any unanswered questions remaining. Your first statement is incorrect, btw. A lot of atoms and even stable molecules have unpaired electrons: $\ce{O2, NO, NO2, \dots}$ – Jan Dec 13 '15 at 21:52
• Pairs of electrons do not cancel out each others charge. They are both negative charged. The electron charge in atoms is compensated with the protons of the atom. So your statement is completely false. – Greg Dec 13 '15 at 22:02
• Pairing is about spin not charge. – Mithoron Dec 13 '15 at 23:00