Social Scientists Weigh in on Gossip

Gossip has long been controversial, but can also be viewed as a tool to off load mental pressure and seek validation from peers. Gossip helps people find reassurance in their community and distract themselves from stress. However, it is a very sharp double edge sword that requires magnificent interpersonal skills, mastery of self restraint, empathy, and thoughtfulness of others lest it become toxic. Validation of information obtained before processing or spreading must be remembered as well. Gossip is not recommended because the likelihood that one of the sharp edges will get you is very high, it is just a matter of time!

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