Thank you so much for your interest in The Insight, by Sheba. I hope you enjoyed this week’s blogs about “Gossip.”
Next week’s topic will be “Generalizations.”
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- While gossip has a negative connotation, much of what we learn and many of our social interactions stem from word of mouth. It is ultimately unavoidable and can be a positive tool to share information not spread rumors. When sharing information or gossip, create positive rules of engagement. Stay positive, trust your own judgment of character, think about the image you are projecting, don’t share information that may be hurtful to someone else and stick to the facts.
- We tend to apply certain perceptions to others based on their appearance and their actions. We also make judgments of people based on their words and preferred topic of conversation. Gossip can be positive, but it’s up to you to filter out the negative and put forth the image that best represents who you are. Choose words that build others up and share the stories of success.
- Do not fall prey or waste time on manipulative power ploys of the insecure. When you are at work, focus on your goals and the road to success. If the gossip involves your livelihood, don’t be a “whistleblower” but, when in doubt, seek answers from a higher source at an appropriate time and collect the facts. Use gossip to share positive information and make connections.
- When social bonding is lighthearted, fun, entertaining, and engaging, the physiological benefits promote well-being. Make the time to connect with people who give you positive energy and idle gossip.
The Insight: Gossip plays an important role in our societal make up. It helps us to understand social norms, identify like-minded people, and gather information about our interpersonal networks. There are pros and cons when deciding when to listen to gossip, being a part of it, and ignoring it. No matter how you handle it, be aware of how it affects your well-being. In what settings can you manage it to your benefit and at what point is it best to shy away?
Have a wonderful weekend!
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