Are women bigger whiners?

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After a long, tough day, sometimes all you want to do is blow off steam by complaining. But is venting worth the emotional toll that getting trapped in a negativity spiral can take? Cristen and Caroline discuss the pros and cons of complaining and dissect why women are stereotyped as nags.

Episode Sources:

"What it's like to go without complaining for a month"

"Do you complain too much? (or not enough?)"

"Stop nagging!"

"How to stop nagging"

"For a nation of whiners, therapists try tough love"

"Complaining, for your health"

"Why do we say women nag but men request?"

"Men work longer, women complain more: Survey"

"Do you complain too much?"

"Constant complaining: Does it serve us well?"

"How to deal with chronic complainers"

Academic Insights:

"Student nagging behavior in the classroom." Katie Neary Dunleavy. Dissertation, West Virginia University. 2007.

"Gender and expressions of dissatisfaction: A study of complaining in mixed-gendered student work groups." Joanna Wolfe and Elizabeth Powell. Women & Language. Vol. 29, No. 2. 2006.

"What predicts divorce? The relationship between marital processes and marital outcomes." John Mordechai Gottman. Psychology Press. 1994.

"Murder, gender and the media: Narratives of dangerous love." Jane Monckton Smith. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012.

"Nursing home complaints: Who's complaining and what's gender got to do with it?" PD Allen et al. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Vol. 47, No. 1-2. 2006.

"Humorous complaining." A. Peter McGraw et al. Journal of Consumer Research. Vol. 41. February 2015.

Topics in this Podcast: psychology, Mental Health, stereotypes, gender differences, relationships