That pain you feel when someone starts complain is real.
The sound of someone complaining peels neurons away from your brain, and renders it pretty much useless.
An entrepreneur and author says, "If you're pinned in a corner for too long listening to someone being negative, you're more likely to behave that way as well."
He does offer some tips for dealing with a Negative Nancy:
Get Away. Complainers are like chain-smokers who emit dangerous second-hand smoke, so simply move away from them.
Ask for a Fix. If you're cornered, suggest that the complainer find a solution. But most will just walk off because they "don't want a solution; they just want you to join in the indignity of the whole thing."
Protect Yourself. When they just won't stop, delve into your bag of mental self-defense tricks, like imagining yourself on a far-away island.
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