Who did you recognize at work today? And yesterday? And the day before?
Back-stabbing. Venting. Bad-mouthing. Talking about others behind their backs. Whatever term you give it - it’s not just a problem of modern times – there is likely a very good reason that you can read many passages in the old testament of the Bible that advise against speaking ill of others.
Sherri Bourg Carter, writing for Psychology Today in an article titled Emotions Are Contagious—Choose Your Company Wisely, enlightens us about second-hand negative emotions: