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Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done by Linda Byars Swindling, JD

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Chapter 1

Whiners

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Spot a Whiner

Whiners remind you of holding children’s hands as you walk them across a street. They want you to help guide them through life’s challenges. Whiners complain to connect with others. They seek reassurance, guidance, and direction. Whiners complain to reach out and get empathy or validation from others in their community. They need constancy, support, and security.

Are You Negotiating with a Whiner?

Whiners complain to form relationships and receive empathy. They vent, withdraw, and want others to solve their problems. Whiners:

  • complain about how things aren’t fair.
  • play the victim and are powerless.
  • always seem to have something wrong in their lives.
  • are always ...

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