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Rumors and Gossip

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Annie Insle

on 28 October 2015

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Gossip and Rumors
Rumors and Gossip
Did you hear?
Everyday, you hear things from friends, who heard it from another friend, who heard it from a person in Lottie, who read it on a note board in classes. Rumors and gossip are always floating around your school or community.
That is totally normal
. Everyone gossips, even parents, celebrities, and politicians. It is part of how we communicate and stay connected with other people's lives.
Sometimes, this is harmless
, or it can be very hurtful to individuals, friendships and whole groups of people.
What is a rumor?
A tall tale of explanations of events circulating from person to person, pertaining to an object, event or issue of public concern that can devolp over time and is formed to be something that is untrue.
Over time the message got a little mixed up. People like to add their own meanings to a story to make it more interesting. Often times what people add to a story isn't true and that is when it becomes rumor or gossip.
Effects of Gossip
Causes of Gossiping and Rumors
Within School
Rumors as a way to increase confidence the social self and secure interpersonal relationships
Within the Workplace
Why was someone fired?
Behavior between coworkers
Private meetings
On the Victim
On the Gossiper
2. 3.
4. 5.
6. & 8.


Plan of Action
said there were a lot of rumors and gossip in their high school.
said there were less rumors and gossip at Messiah then there was in their high school.
of people said they have gossiped or spread rumors about someone in high school.
of people said they ether had rumors spread about them or were gossiped about in high school.
of the people who were surveyed said they have spread rumors or gossip here at Messiah.
of people said they have been gossiped about or have had rumors spread about them at Messiah.
Cause Low Self-Esteem
Cause Stress on Relationships
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-Don't Join In

-Don't Get Angry

-Adress it Head On

-Question Motives


-Hit Back

-Beat them to the Punch
Negative Effects
Positive Effects
We have learned that a rumor is a tall tale of explanations of events circulating from person to person, pertaining to an object, event, or issue of public concern that can develop overtime and is formed into something that is not true. There are circumstances that are more likely to cause gossip as well as effects in result of them. Common areas where gossip may start are schools and the workplace. There are negative as well as positive effects of rumors and gossip. Some ways to lessen or stop the spread of rumors and gossip are to not join in, don't get angry, and to disprove it. Sadly, there will probably never be a foolproof solution to eliminate gossip or rumors all together, but efforts can be made nonetheless.
Awareness of do's and don'ts of society
Cooperation level in groups
What does gossip say about you?
You can't be trusted: when you participate in gossip, you are breaking down the trust that you have built up with others and showing them that you participate in gossip and might not be able to be trusted.
Gossip isolates you: you will be known as the person who gossips and people will be less likely to reach out to you and be your friend.
Intent and type of information shared
Intent: gossipers often have the goal of building themselves up by making others look bad.
- Gossipers like to draw attention to others flaws in order to draw attention away from things that may be wrong with them.
Type of Information shared: Gossipers often speak of the faults, flaws, and failures in order to cause embarrassment and shame to that person.
You hurt others and destroy relationships
You hurt others: If you have ever been a victim of gossip you know it can make you feel ashamed or embarrassed even if the rumor isn't true.
Breaking promises and destroying trust hurts others as well as yourself. When you break these promises you hurt others feelings and you destroy a close relationship or friendship you had with someone.
You signal to the world that you are a destroyer. You destroy relationships, destroy trust, destroy peoples reputations and you destroy their peaceful lives.
Bullying to negatively use rumors and gossip to build self-esteem in comparison to others
Handling the unknown and trying to understand and assign meaning to unfamiliar situations
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