The Science of Gossip: Four Ways to Make it Less Toxic
Jenny Cole, 1 Apr 17
       

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Gossip gets a bad rap. There’s no doubt that the act of gossiping about someone can sometimes be damaging and negative.

But there is such a thing as “good gossip” and the very act of gossiping can actually help the way we interact with each other.

If we follow some simple steps we can take part in gossip without it ending in tears.

Gossip is defined as talking about and evaluating someone when they aren’t there. But we can use gossip to learn about the rules of behaviour in social groups and get closer to each other. It helps us do this by letting us learn important information without the need to actually talk to every group member.

So gossiping is efficient and those who gossip can use this social currency to gain positions of power.

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