I created this “booklet” several years ago….At that time, I had a pattern of trying to fix things for people and tended to end up listening to many more complaints and negativity than was healthy for either other people or myself. At some point, I finally realized I wasn’t helping others or myself by this strategy…and realized it was time to change….and hence, this booklet.
I was talking with someone the other day who is in this situation of listening to an overwhelming number of complaints from someone else. I’m posting this booklet in case the ideas in the booklet might be helpful to anyone else.
And so…for those of us who might be on the receiving end of “too many complaints”….perhaps to realize that listening to negativity doesn’t benefit anyone and to start learning to put firm limits on what we listen to.
Added note: a possible way to use this booklet might be to print it out and show it to the person who is presenting problems…mentioning that someone with an online blog had created and posted it…not specific to anyone, just for general use. It also might be used as a “conversation starter”, to bring up the subject in a more “neutral” fashion.