everyone gossips…even parents, celebrities, and politicians. It’s part of how we
communicate and stay connected with other people’s lives.
Sometimes, this is harmless, but at other times it can be very hurtful to individuals, friendships, and whole groups of
people. Did you know that spreading rumors about someone is a form of bullying? Yep.
Let’s talk about what rumors and gossip really are, why people circulate them, and how you can stop them from doing
damage to you and the people you care about. We also have lots of comments from IML’ers about their opinions on this
Our thanks to Sheryl Gonda, M.A., a National Trainer and Co-Facilitator of the Mentor Team with the Ophelia Project in
Erie, PA, for her contribution to this topic.
We’ll start by looking at What The Words Mean.