Venting is a very important exercise. There is a fine line between venting and gossip. Gossip is harmful and indiscriminate. To really vent, I think, requires a careful choice in the receiver of your rant. It also seems to require a certain amount of control. A vent, it seems, needs to be more about you and less about the problem(s) other the other people (persons) are giving you.
From the ever useful urban dictionary:
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Talking is coping mechanism that allows a person to rationalize and validate their own fears, concerns ,worries, dreams and hopes. If we are not allowed to vent , we end up bottling up our emotions which is detrimental to the human psyche and can end up suffering from it’s side effects. Such as Ulcers, depression , high blood pressure, anxiety migraines, fatigue..the list goes on and on. So when you find yourself in the position of being the receiver of someones griping moaning bitching realize that not always is advice warranted but more or less you have become the outlet for someones Physical and Psychological health.
She was purely venting, so don’t take what she said personal
I think sometimes people get carried away and start “venting” too much. That’s when it becomes bitching, moaning, groaning, gossiping, etc. I think for a rant to really be a vent, some pressure has to be built up, it can’t be the same old gripe.
So, here’s to venting. And to being an adult and getting on with it afterward!