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The (often) toothless threat of the back-stabbing, vicious gossip

by Greg Krehbiel on 27 September 2017

Several times in my life I’ve been warned that so-and-so, the nasty, conniving, back-stabbing gossip, has it in for me, and I’d better watch out.

I’ve never worried about it, and (so far) it hasn’t been a problem. I like to flatter myself into thinking that cultivating a reputation for being honest and ethical insulates me from that kind of stuff to some degree. But I think it might be more accurate to say that most people are sensible enough to see through the nastiness and not trust the gossip.

2017-09-27  »  Greg Krehbiel

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  1. William
    27 September 2017 @ 11:22 am

    Although I agree with your conduct, my experience has been people more readily believe juicy gossip than the truth. They might like and treat you well, but could still be prone to believe and share the lie with a priviso such as…”I don’t know if this is totally true but I heard…”

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    27 September 2017 @ 12:07 pm

    Oh yes, people definitely spread rumors and talk. I’ve just found that it doesn’t really matter, and has never impeded my professional life.

  3. smitemouth
    27 September 2017 @ 1:01 pm

    I don’t notice anything like that amongst my STEM co-workers. My daughter worked at a hospital and it is so bad she got a different job.

  4. William
    27 September 2017 @ 1:38 pm

    @Greg, I’m glad you’ve had that positive experience. Yet, despite being false, I’ve seen rumors negatively impact people in both their professional and personal lives. For example, unfortunately, I’ve seen this dynamic play out with those in clergy. Someone gets a bee in their bonnet and the next thing you know, it’s not only within the congregation but all over social media. As well, factions form, parishioners leave, donations decrease and other unsavory behaviors emerge. Believe me, when it happens, it ain’t pretty.

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