Whining is hazardous to your health
WTOP's David Burd reports
WASHINGTON - Whining isn't just annoying, it's bad for the brain.
Research shows that just a half hour of exposure to complaining hurts the part of the brain responsible for problem solving says Trevor Blake, author of "Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Life."
"So if you're pinned in a corner for too long listening to someone being negative, you're more likely to behave that way as well," Blake tells Inc.com.
Even passive listening can damage the brain and most complainers aren't looking for a solution to the problem, they just want someone to share the pain, Blake says.
He offers some tips for defending oneself from the negativity:
- Move away from the person who's complaining. Blake likens this approach
to moving away from someone who is smoking.
- Ask the complainer to fix the problem. "I typically respond
to a complaint with, 'What are you going to do about it?'" he says.
- Put up a mental block. Blake suggests techniques to free the mind, like
imagining a favorite place.
Inc.com has more on whining and its effect on the brain.
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