The new science of ‘Backbiting’
Backbiting is "mean-spirited gossip about someone absent." Backbiting spreads like a disease. Many do not care this social disease. We recognise arrogance, egotism, and jealousy as immoral, but we often overlook how harmful toxic talk can be. Backbiting can create a negative mindset.
Backbiters end up in more trouble. Backbiting is shameful and hurts loved ones. Science found that negative gossip changes how our visual system responds to a face. Studies show the human brain responds to gossip. It is sad that 'backbiting' can change how you view people.
Studies show negative gossip can harm its targets. A recent study found that negative gossip can damage emotional health. Depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, anxiety, and other issues can result.
Gossip and rumours can alienate friends, ruin reputations, and cause relational aggression. We spread gossip when we cannot raise sensitive issues directly, so we chitchat with neighbours instead of confronting offenders. Researchers found professional jealousy and backbiting in the workplace are emerging as alarming social diseases. This stigma affects long-term friendships, coworkers, and even family members. Gradually, it becomes intolerable, and even close relatives long-term relationships end badly.
What drives negative gossip? Jealousy is the cause. People gossip more about successful, kind, self-confident people. Backbiters created melodramas to attract attention and pit teams against each other. Do not overreact; stay calm, and respect others no matter how they treat you. That is how you can handle gossip.
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