Friday, April 17, 2009 | Categories: Episodes |
Gadzooks. When I first heard we were doing an entire episode on complaining, what did I do? I complained about it! I mean, who wants to hear two hours of solid griping? But you know, while putting together the show, I've learned a thing or two about us mystifying human beans. Complaining can make you feel good, and complaining can also give you toxic eardrums. But what's even more difficult than complaining or listening to complaining is acknowledging the complaints other people make about you!
So instead of kvetching, I'm gonna get kvetched.
In my life, there have been people have expressed deep dissatisfaction with me.
Here are the top three complaints lodged against yours truly.
1) One time, my older sister sat in her parked car and refused to enter my house. She was afraid she'd catch bugs or something. Basically her complaint is I'm slovenly and disgusting. I've received complaints at work about my messy office, so there might be an ounce of truth in that complaint, though I do shower everyday.
2) Some of our listeners complain that I'm stupid. These complaints have tapered off in recent years. I'm not sure if that's because our audience was finally dumbed down, or if the complainers moved on to another dummy to complain about, but I've always maintained I'm pretty smart for a dumb person.
3) Finally, my co-worker, Nick Purdon complains I interrupt too much. That's coming from a guy who's the king of long-winded interruptions! But it is true. I get excited and start blabbing, much to Nick's great annoyance. I'm a typical
So those are my top three complaints and I have to admit, it's tough hearing people complain about me. My first reaction is to want to complain about them, but then suddenly it's a war with nothing much else than a whole lot of complaining going on. The trick is to consider the complaints to see which ones ring true or are beyond your control. So from now on, to deal with these complaints, I promise to clean my office and tidy my home until they get messy again. I will also bite my tongue when I'm about to interrupt someone who's talking. As far as being perceived as stupid, not much I can do about that; it seems to say more about the complainer than me.
Now it's your turn. See if you can do it. It's an interesting exercise. Let me know the complaints people lodge against you! And tell me what you're going to do about it.
Call the DNTO complaints are us department: 1.866.630.3686 or email email@example.com
or post something here right now.