Gossiping is good for us, says a psychologist

Last Updated: May 26, 2011, 14:16 PM IST

London: A psychologist has revealed that gossiping is actually good for us.

Gossip helps us distinguish friend from foe, therefore protecting us from harm.

“We use gossip as a way of bonding,” the Daily Mail quoted psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos as saying.

“Who we like, who we don’t like — it’s a form of “you and me together,” she added.

“In fact, the best way to get people to bond is to get them to decide who they dislike. It’s like having a secret — you both know you’re doing something bad, so you have a connection. It’s a form of sisterhood,” she explained.

ANI