Science Seems to Think: Well…
Recent research from the Department of Biological and Clinical Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University in Germany found that exposure to stimuli that cause strong negative emotions—the same kind of exposure you get when dealing with toxic people—caused subjects’ brains to have a massive stress response. Whether it’s negativity, cruelty, the victim syndrome, or just plain craziness, toxic people drive your brain into a stressed-out state that should be avoided at all costs.
The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance.
From Forbes | How Successful People Handle Toxic People
Incessant exposure to negativity isn’t just a drag — it’s actually bad for your brain, researchers say.
From Fortune | Colleagues complaining? Why you need to tune it out
Minda Zatlin reports in Inc. magazine that new research in neuroscience demonstrates how negative and critical people affect us. She notes that “being exposed to too much complaining can actually make you dumb. Research shows that exposure to 30 minutes or more of negativity – including viewing such material on TV – actually peels away neurons in the brain’s hippocampus. That’s the part of your brain you need for problem solving.”
So what is the result of exposure to negative and critical people? “Basically it turns your brain to mush,” the article notes. It has the same effect even if you are passively listening to them.
What’s a Leader to Do?
Those in leadership positions are in a dilemma it would seem. Every position of leadership will always be exposed to negative and critical people. It goes with the responsibility.
Though leaders cannot avoid negative people entirely, we can incorporate some tactics that will help us deal with the matter more effectively.
From Inc. Magazine | Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain
But what can you do about it?
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