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Article Source: In Defense Of Gossip?

Gossiping has benefits, according to research conducted by Dr. Jennifer Cole and Hannah Scrivener from Staffordshire University, who presented preliminary results at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section annual conference at the University of Winchester.

And praising someone in gossip may even lead to a short-term boost in gossipers' self-esteem.

160 participants completed questionnaires relating to their tendency to gossip and measures of their self-esteem, social support and satisfaction with life. Although not associated with self-esteem or life satisfaction, higher levels of gossiping were associated with feelings of greater social support. In a follow-up study, 140 participants were asked to talk about a fictional person positively or negatively. Those who described the fictional character positively felt greater self-esteem than those asked to talk about them negatively.

Cole said, "Gossiping is usually seen as a bad thing. Our findings suggest some forms of gossiping- particularly of the type where people praise others- could be linked with some desirable outcomes for the gossiper despite the fact that gossipers are not generally approved of."

The British Psychological Society's Social Psychology Section annual conference is taking place through tomorrow at the University of Winchester. The full program is here.

So go ahead and talk about people - just be nice about it.
 

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I have always thought of gossip as being the negative talk. When I hear people praising someone for something I generally do not think of that as gossip. Though, I try never to discuss other people's business. I feel like if the news is good or bad it is not mine to tell without permission.
 

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I gossip in a negative way, but I have a good self esstem. But then again where is the line between talking, and gossiping?
 

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Psst...hey everybody...I heard starri actually knows her stuff. Wtf is up with that?
 

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Psst...hey everybody...I heard starri actually knows her stuff. Wtf is up with that?
Yeah, see that isn't gossip at all. ;]



And imagine like if you want to talk negatively about someone, then the person you're gossiping with starts singing praises about them... ANNOYING! :O
 
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