Do you have a friend who always complains? Or a colleague who negatively comments on all events at work? How do you feel in their presence? In other words, they are “energy vampires”. Being exposed to chronic complainants can negatively affect your health. Studies suggest that if you often spend time among pessimistic chronic complainants, you will be so affected that you will start to think negatively yourself as well.

Chronic Complainants

There are 3 types of complainants. A chronic complainant is a type of personality who sees only problems, not solutions. it often happens that he evaluates the situation worse than the reality. This negative thinking affects their own mental and physical health as well as the health of those around them.

Another type of complaining is venting emotions. The person focuses his attention on himself, his feelings, and hopes to attract attention. He doesn’t want a solution. Whatever advice you give, he will find a reason why advice is not an appropriate solution.

Instrumental complaining is a situation akin to constructive criticism. The complainant tends to direct exaggerated negativity towards individuals, no matter how easy or complex the problem is.

Stress Excess – Adrenaline Excess

The ability of empathy and an effort to understand the complainant’s problems may lead to us being prone to the same frustration. The brain sends out neurons that connect to the emotions and over time the brain learns to think by this formula.

If you are often exposed to stress due to a chronic complainant, the brain sends a signal to release the so-called stress hormone cortisol into your body. Because cortisol works together with adrenaline, heart rate and blood pressure increase. Frequent exposure to these stressful situations increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Shrinking Brain

Biological scientist Robert Sapolsky conducted a study of stress hormones on wild baboons and rats. He found that long-term stress releases substances called glucocorticoids, which have caused brain cells to shrink in rats.

Another study showed that the part of the brain called hippocampi was 15% smaller in depressed patients, and 25% smaller in war veterans, compared to healthy people.

If you feel uncomfortable with certain people, have a headache in their company, or are completely exhausted, think about spending your valuable time with these people.

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