Boost your self-esteem talking about others

September 2010

Suggests a new study by researchers at the University of Staffordshire in the UK, gossip can be beneficial, at least for those who speak of others, such as talking about other people feel more supported. In addition, positive gossip (as praise to others) may increase short-term self-esteem.

The researchers Jennifer Cole and Hannah Scrivener analyzed responses from a total of 160 participants completed questionnaires about the tendency to gossip, self-esteem, social support and satisfaction with life. The results showed that high levels of gossip were associated with greater feelings of support, but not with self-esteem and life satisfaction. Subsequently, the experts asked 140 people who speak negatively or positively to a fictitious person, finding that those who spoke positively felt a greater esteem than those who commented on negative things.

Cole concluded in a news release from the British Psychological Society, that "gossip is usually seen as something bad. Our findings suggest that some forms of gossip, especially the type of gossip that celebrates other people could relate to some results desirable for the person who gossips despite the gossips are often not approved in general."

Source: HealthDay