SUNDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Gossip may be beneficial in
some ways, at least for those doing the gossiping, a new British
People who gossip feel more supported, and positive gossip
(praising another person) may give a short-term lift to the
gossiper's self-esteem, said the researchers from Staffordshire
University in the United Kingdom.
In the study, Jennifer Cole and Hannah Scrivener looked at the
responses of 160 participants who completed questionnaires that
asked about their tendency to gossip, their self-esteem, social
support and satisfaction with life. Higher levels of gossip were
associated with feelings of greater support but were not associated
with self-esteem or life satisfaction.
Next, the researchers asked 140 people to talk either negatively
or positively about a fictional person. Those who talked positively
felt greater self-esteem than those who were told to speak
"Gossiping is usually seen as a bad thing. Our findings suggest some forms of gossiping -- particularly of the type where people praise others -- could be linked with some desirable outcomes for the gossiper despite the fact that gossipers are not generally approved of," Cole said in a British Psychological Society news release.
The findings were presented Sept. 7 at a British Psychological
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