The Science of Bitching

1. Elevates blood pressure and heart rate.
2. Increases cortisol and adrenalin production.
3. Increases cardio vascular risk.
4. Correlates directly with social disconnection.
5. Fails to create a positive outcome 100% of the time
6. Decreases your like-ability by 92%
7. Makes you look like a dick.
8. Gives others the shits.

So… not worth it really. ;)

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Pip July 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Haha, all so true! I notice ‘pretty’ much the same applies to ‘bingeing’ as well as bitching! Particularly bingeing….if you moan about your weight etc. Add smoking to that too lol!

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andee July 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

so true, I have found this to be the case even when its just in your mind and your bitching over something that may have never happened or something that happened in days gone by ,it really is draining and important to stop considering points 1,3 &6

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Anon July 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

9. Brings others around you down and be miserable too.
Case in point –
I remember coming back from my honeymoon and all the in-laws could do was bitch about the bad service at the reception. Did not feel great after that.
Oh dear Craig. I am bitching!!!!! Can feel the heart rate increasing.
S

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Patricia Singleton July 25, 2013 at 3:45 am

I was doing this yesterday with my writing. I asked my husband to read what I wrote and to share what he thought. He said I sounded bitchy and I shouldn’t turn what I said into a blog article which is what I was supposed to be writing. For just a minute, his words weren’t what I wanted to hear, but I sat with them in my head and asked myself if I wasn’t going to listen and follow his advice, why did I ask him for it? I asked him because I wasn’t clear about what I was feeling – hurt and angry – and I wasn’t sure of my own motives for what I wrote. I decided he was more objective than I was and followed his advice. I let go of it. Following his advice, I also decided to let go of the friend who has become passive-aggressive in our relationship over the last 2 months. A friendship is supposed to be give and take on both sides. Our had, at her insistence, become very one-sided with her demanding and me giving all the time. The friendship has been draining on my time and energy for awhile. I don’t let go of friendships easily. This has been coming for awhile. I have felt myself pulling away slowly a little bit at a time. Yesterdays incidence was the final straw to help me let go. Then today, I wake up to Craig’s article describing bitchiness. I love the way the Universe brings this stuff to my attention. Thanks for being my earth angel today, Craig. Bet you didn’t see yourself as an angel when you wrote this. LOL

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Slim Birdy July 25, 2013 at 7:01 am

Bahaha. I love how the start of the list sounds so official and researched and then it morphs into classic CH to wrap it up. Just brilliant. So funny.

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Lulu July 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

I always think of bitching like eating a big piece of chocolate cake. It is very tempting and feels good at the start but after about three bites you start feeling sick and if you keep going you feel really sick and guilty and it takes ages to feel better again. It is best to avoid people who love bitching and once you are free from it you start to feel lighter and happier!

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Diana July 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

Have just subscribed to your blogs … you say what I think! :)

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agm July 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Well written and so precisely to the point CH.
Bitching is even worse when the other party does not know that you are about them bitching. There must be millions of hours of life lost by people who bitch about other people or some thing.
Bitching affects only the Bitcher and most times, never the Bitchee.

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Gayle July 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I have to say, your blog made me smile…..endorphins….yay!!

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Penny July 26, 2013 at 12:36 am

I couldn’t agree more that bitching is harmful. Can we please have the sources for these ‘scientific’ claims? Thanks, Penny

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Craig July 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

Hi Penny. Perhaps I should have made it clearer but it was a tongue-in-cheek post with some food for thought sprinkled in the mix; not a scientific report. Like the title, the ‘figures’ were a bit of fun, not scientifically valid data. :)

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