Listening to negative people can make you dumb

OK, so it may not come as a surprise that hanging out with people who whinge and complain all the time isn’t good for your spiritual or mental wellbeing. But it turns out that all that negativity has a physical effect on the brain’s ‘muscle’ – and can make you dumb!

This article in Inc, Listening to complainers is bad for your brain, quotes a book by Trevor Blake, entrepreneur and author of Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Lifewhich looks at how neuroscientists have measured the impact of complaining on the brain. It can apparently make you negative too  – even if you listen to it on TV or radio.

Blake says: “Typically, people who are complaining don’t want a solution; they just want you to join in the indignity of the whole thing.”

Time to tell them to sort themselves out, remove yourself from the situation – or, as he suggests, imagine you’re surrounding yourself in a protective ‘bubble’ or escaping to a secluded beach. Keep practising that technique, and it’ll keep you calm and free from negative infiltration.

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3 thoughts on “Listening to negative people can make you dumb

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog post. The protective bubble can work very well. I recommend it to my therapy clients all the time when they’re in situations where they can’t avoid people who are behaving in a negative manner. It has the advantage of your being able to see and hear the other person, but you don’t take on their negativity.

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog posts. It’s fascinating to hear from another therapist how effective some techniques are – for ourselves as well as our clients.

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