November 14, 2014 11:51 am
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:
Inc.com has more on whining and its effect on the brain.
WTOP’s David Burd contributed to this report. Follow David and WTOP on Twitter.
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