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Effects of complaining


Do you hate it when people complain, or do people hate it when you complain? Both?

Dr. Dan Gottlieb discusses the effects of complaining with authors Will Bowen and Dr. Robin Kowalski. They discuss how to avoid complaining, people who complain constantly, and what to do if you can’t avoid it. When complaining is necessary, how do you do it well? And, is complaining a way to bond socially, or is it a way to spread depression?

Dr. Robin Kowalski is a professor of Psychology at Clemson University, and author of the book Complaining, Teasing, and Other Annoying Behaviors. Will Bowen is a motivational speaker and author of A Complaint Free World.

See where you fall on the complaining scale, click here to take Dr. Kowalski’s short test and find out »



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