deepstash

Beta

Gossip Is a Social Skill, Not a Character Flaw

Deepstash brings you key ideas from the most inspiring articles like this one:

Read more efficiently

Save what inspires you

Remember anything

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-ooze/201601/gossip-is-social-skill-not-character-flaw

psychologytoday.com

Gossip Is a Social Skill, Not a Character Flaw
Let's face it: gossips get a bad rap. Smugly looking down from the moral high ground - and secure in the knowledge that we don't share their character flaw - we often dismiss those who are obsessed with the doings of others as shallow.

4

Key Ideas

Save all ideas

We’re Hardwired To Gossip

Our prehistoric ancestors lived in small intimate groups. To survive they needed to cooperate with in-group members while also competing for mates and limited resources.

It was fundame...

186 SAVES


Social Isolation

Sharing secrets is one way people bond, so avoiding gossip may lead to social isolation. Someone skillful at gossip can be socially informed and have a good rapport with ot...

230 SAVES


Fear Of Whispers Keeps Us In Check

The awareness that others are likely talking about us can keep us in line. Among a group of friends or coworkers, the threat of becoming the target of gossip can deter “free-riders” and c...

116 SAVES


Celebrity Gossip's Purpose

Our interest in celebrities may feed off of this thirst for learning life strategies.

Our fixation on celebrities is reflective of an innate interest in the lives of others and an a...

119 SAVES


SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

The Bad Reputation

Generally, gossiping has a bad reputation. It is called the faceless demon that breaks hearts and ruins careers. It is also termed as the three-pronged tongue that kills the teller, listener, and t...

Facts About Gossip

Gossip is malicious only 3 to 4 percent of times and seems to bring people together, as when two people talk about a third one, having a common 'adversary' creates a bond between them.

The Good Side of Gossiping

Gossip can make us better people, according to some researchers.

  • Positive gossip inspires people while negative gossip makes people proud of themselves.
  • People learn about themselves through the grapevine.
  • Many people decide to reform themselves because of the gossip they have heard.

one more idea

Policing Behavior

Gossiping is a good way of identifying friends and foes. We are either judge, jury or executioner when we gossip — and we use the information we cull to keep immoral influences at arm's leng...

Keeping Us Safe

We ensure our well-being by exchanging information about the world around us (and the potential dangers it contains) with as many people as possible.

Building Social Bonds

Gossip is a key social skill that helps ensure our healthy integration into human society. 

Gossiping with somebody is a way of bringing people closer within your social group, checking that they share your views, and bonding over shared positions and judgements. The people you gossip most with, therefore, are the ones with whom you're the closest.

2 more ideas

Dancin’ In The (Virtual) Streets

Dancin’ In The (Virtual) Streets

The lockdown has resulted in restricted movement but has led to a rise in dance, as people strive for physical movement for fitness, stress relief, healing and human connection.

Da...

Dancers and Social Communicators

They have a common set of genes, according to a recent study published in Genetics Journal, and the evolution of these genes dates back 1.5 million years.

Our ancestors were good orators and dancers, having specific skills for social bonding, where celebration, healing and rituals (like the Rain Dance in some cultures) were accompanied by dance.

African Dance As A Mean Of Communication

The Guadeloupe island inhabitants in West Africa used dance as the main means of communication, with the art form of ‘Big Drum’ called Gwoka, which had different beat rhythms for different emotions.

one more idea