I Don't Mean to Gossip, But....

I admit I gossip. And I wish I could stop. If something serious happens, or somebody tells me something and asks me not to repeat it, then I really won't tell anyone else - so I can keep a secret. It's just that when people say or do more trivial things, I seem to regard it as 'fair game' and have this urge to tell other people about what happened! I think gossiping is one of my biggest faults. Unlike some of my other bad points, for example procrastinating, or being messy, this can affect other people, not just me, which is really why I wish I could change so much. Any tips on how to help me keep myself quiet would be much appreciated!
Damoiselle Damoiselle
18-21, F
2 Responses Feb 16, 2007

Having had a few earth shattering moments as a result of gossiping...I am pretty cured of it. I think its human nature to talk about others, so its not something I think one can entirely eliminate. BUT what makes me stop is the knowledge of how it could ruin friendships and reputations. And since that's so important to me, I keep focused on that to help stop. I also find things to distract me like mindfighter mentions above when I start feeling the urge! And here's one for the road, I ask myself why I feel the need to do it in the first place. Oh that's a revealing moment if ever there was one.

The only thing I can think of is meditation. That is what I do. Nobody wants to do it though, lol. When you feel like blabbing, go clean, lol. That way you eliminate two bad habits.