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Not all gossip is cre­ated equal, how­ever, and some chat­ter does have neg­a­tive im­pli­ca­tions. “Once you f ind your­self lis­ten­ing to com­ments about some­one’s fam­ily or per­sonal life, you’ve crossed the line,” Rear­don says. It’s also a prob­lem if peo­ple are talk­ing about oth­ers so of­ten that ev­ery­one’s afraid of be­ing gos­siped about. How­ever, neg­a­tive gossip is far rarer than we think. “Most of what we call gossip is usu­ally pos­i­tive or neu­tral,” LaBianca says, and that kind of in­for­ma­tion can be quite use­ful to lis­ten to and pass on.

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