That's ok providing
we do so to someone we trust and don't go around venting and re-venting to
anyone and everyone who will listen.
If we didn't talk about how we felt, or other people - often there
would be very little to talk about in some social settings!
A real gossip takes great pleasure in retelling stories and tales about
other peoples behaviour, time and time again to whoever is willing to
listen. Why they do this can be attributed to many different factors.
The reason a dog has so many friends
is because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
Factors of a Serial Gossip.
Deflecting Attention from themselves - A gossip likes to retell
tales of other peoples antics as it can distract attention from
themselves. Often gossips don't like to talk about themselves, or when
they do, they quickly blame or relate how they are feeling towards the
actions of someone else.
Superiority - A gossip feels superior about being in the 'know',
they enjoy passing on information to those who are 'not in the know' and
it makes them feel as though they are superior.
Attention - A gossip enjoys the attention, they enjoy being
asked about what is going on, they enjoy being the big source of
information. They like to feel popular.
A Gossip in your life...
When you listen repeatedly to a gossip, you are giving them what they
need. Often gossip is based on hearsay, often there is only a small amount
of truth. Like a game of Chinese whispers, "I don't know all the details
but A went off to Spain in rather a hurry last week", it cases scandal, it
cases sensationalism... More to the point, what it gives you is someone
else's opinion of the real facts - and you should ask yourself - do the
facts and the acts of other people really effect you? Do you really need
The best way to stop a gossip in their tracks is to tell them "I'm
sorry, I'm not really interested" However, most of us feel that is rude to
speak that way to someone who is very nice and friendly. But there are
more subtle ways of changing the conversation.
Being party to gossip
If a gossip is gossiping to you about someone, remember they are very
likely to be squeezing information out of you to pass back to someone
The thing is, most people enjoy a little bit of gossip as it detracts
attention from themselves. But do understand how it isn't so nice to be
How gossip serves you
Gossip doesn't serve you, other than to help you feel informed,
superior and above the person who is being gossiped about.
Being party to gossip doesn't really help your spiritual or emotional
growth, unless you can listen with compassion and understanding.
When you are a victim of gossip.
At times we may find ourselves a victim of malicious gossip. Gossip
which is untrue, or tells only half a story to your detriment.
Remember, those people whom know you. Know the truth.
Those people whom don't know you will make a judgement about you of
some kind. That judgement won't always be in agreement with the 'gossip'.
When gossip is particularly slanderous, and people see you behaving in
a way which is in contradiction to the gossip, they are likely to see the
gossip for a jealous attack on the perpetrators behalf. It's likely these
people will feel for you being in such a difficult situation and take
their own actions to defend you. (Like reporting instances to a superior).
Sometimes gossip can ruin your life, it can affect your work, your
social life and your family life. It can knock your self esteem and self
Remember: The perpetrator is a bully.
If there is nothing you can do to defend yourself, and you have nothing
to feel guilty about. Hold your head up high and seek your self
confidence. It can be a very hard thing to do, but it will in time benefit
you. Eventually, new gossip comes along and people loose interest in the
gossip surrounding you, so having that confidence can be a big step. Yet,
if you allow the gossip to bring you down, it then has a hold on you and
can cause bigger problems later.