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Complaining is Toxic

Updated: Jul 21, 2023


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Complaining is toxic

“Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.”

― Benjamin Franklin


Did you know that the average person complains 15-30 times a day and complaining rewires the brain in a negative way and eventually affects our health? As indicated in some articles across the web, research by Stanford University revealed that “complaining” shrinks the hippocampus, the complex brain structure associated with learning and emotions and plays a major role in the formation of new memories, mimicking the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.


Astonished by the results of a research, Marshall Goldsmith has once interviewed more than 200 of his clients about complaining. The results were quite the same as the research he read. The majority of employees spend 10 or more hours per month complaining and listening to complaints about their bosses and upper management. A third of employees spend 20 hours or more per month complaining.


Complaining is a common victim behavior that can turn into a negative communication habit. It takes away the energy and power to make things happen. Complainers talk more about the problems, never or less about the solutions. Unfortunately, complaining is like going down the rabbit hole. Once addicted to making complaints, the neurons in the brain create the path to rewire the brain toward negativity. And negativity begets negativity. This turns complainers into chronic complainers.........


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