Episode 53 – What is the best way to not get sucked into gossip in your world?
Today on The Not-So-Serious Life, Jason and Steve answer Cindy’s question:
“What’s the best way to not get sucked into gossip in your world?”
How can you experiment with letting the gossiper feel heard, adding some positive aspects of the person being gossiped about and, if all else fails go all “hear no evil” and start singing your way out of the situation?
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Honestly, don’t mean to sound hardball but I don’t believe people can be “sucked into” anything. You have to be a willing participant to sit there an either, take it, engage in it, or walk away from it. People who gossip won’t find it fun to engage in gossip with a non-participant. It just isn’t fun and they will simply stop eventually. That’s how it works for anything. As a child, you might take candy from a stranger, but as a grown up, you’re a lot smarter and you don’t have to fall for it. “Sucked into” does not happen. Saying “yes” (in non-verbal language of course) to the invitation is engaging in it. Walking away is also non-verbal language saying “I’m not interested, Thank you.” All of this could be done gracefully but is not required, just like being rude isn’t.
I actually pretended to be deaf in a situation when some people were gossiping in front of me and I just had no energy to entertain it. When they asked how I felt I actually burst out laughing when I attempted sign language and said I didn’t even hear what you guys were saying. It was pretty funny to me, so it made a crappy situation really funny for me. I think it will be an on going joke for me personally. P.s. I have a few friends that are deaf and I have told them how blessed they are not to have to listen to some peoples BS. 🙂 Silver lining!