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Old 10-19-2009, 11:57 AM   #1
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Mental Health & Negative People

Was about to post this in "stuff and nonsense" but decided it was really an important mental health topic. (moderators, feel free to relocate)

I've developed low to no tolerance to be around my friends who complain and talk about negative stuff all of the time. Sorry but, I don't want to spend my weekend breakfast get-together, complaining about fat people, the health care system, the boy in the balloon hoax, etc..

This annoys me. It is such a downer, and I don't think I can stand it anymore. For my own state of mental health, I must either avoid these friends, or figure out how to change the topics faster.

This is a sort of mental health public awareness alert. Do not let yourself get dragged down into the negativity. It is very bad for your own mental health.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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Re: Mental Health & Negative People

Here, here!
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:01 PM   #3
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Sounds like you need some new friends..
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:55 PM   #4
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So, uh, you disagree with how your friends complain about everything and are negative, and you come on here and...complain about it?

Interesting.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:48 PM   #5
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So, uh, you disagree with how your friends complain about everything and are negative, and you come on here and...complain about it?

Interesting.
Not complaining. Just stating the facts, and sharing the realization that it is unhealthy and that I plan to make changes (not hang out with them, or learn to change the subject). I was meaning to share my experience, and to encourage others to also make a positive proactive change if they find themselves in the same situation.
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:46 PM   #6
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Re: Mental Health & Negative People

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So, uh, you disagree with how your friends complain about everything and are negative, and you come on here and...complain about it?

Interesting.
and you sir spend a fair bit of time correcting people here with sarcasm. Is that your kick or just your superman complex and key to your vitality?
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:21 PM   #7
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Sounds like you need some new friends..
I totally agree, Steven. Sometimes you just have to let people fade out of your life, and then other times, these people are family members. In which case, you have to come to the realization that the only person you can control is you...including your reactions to other people's negativity.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:25 PM   #8
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I totally agree, Steven. Sometimes you just have to let people fade out of your life, and then other times, these people are family members. In which case, you have to come to the realization that the only person you can control is you...including your reactions to other people's negativity.


Agree 100% with it all.
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:20 PM   #9
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:05 PM   #10
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I've developed low to no tolerance to be around my friends who complain and talk about negative stuff all of the time. Sorry but, I don't want to spend my weekend breakfast get-together, complaining about fat people, the health care system, the boy in the balloon hoax, etc..

This annoys me. It is such a downer, and I don't think I can stand it anymore. For my own state of mental health, I must either avoid these friends, or figure out how to change the topics faster.

This is a sort of mental health public awareness alert. Do not let yourself get dragged down into the negativity. It is very bad for your own mental health.
Funny, I was just thinking about this today. There are a few people in my life that I have started to tune out because every word that comes out of their mouths is either negative, whiny, or depressing. Last week they had worked themselves up into a depressive frenzy over the boy in the balloon story, I had to get up and leave the meeting I was in.

Life is too short to spend listening to negative or whiny people.

Thanks for bringing this up.
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