Is it rude to complain? I was criticized at Thanksgiving for complaining about things I knew could not change. And yet, I bond with people over areas of common complaint.
For instance, my coworker and I complain about our boss. I didn’t really like this particular coworker until we confided in each other about our extreme dislike of our boss. Who, by the way, is the owner’s son.
–S.W., Providence, RI
There is nothing more cathartic than complaining to another person who feels the same way you do whether it is about a social injustice or escalating airfares. Hating your boss may well bond you forever.
It may be time to come clear with who you really are. If complaining makes you happier, make the most of it — you’re really a griper.
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Accepting A Compliment