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Listening to People Complain Drains Intelligence, Researchers Complain

Nobody likes listen to people complain. No matter how empathetic you try to be, there's always that little voice in your head that's saying; "So why are you telling me?" and/or "Why don't you just go and do something about it?" The longer you endure their complaints, the longer that voice sticks around and, before you know it, you're complaining to somebody else about how you just had to listen to the first person complain. According to a new study, that little voice is actually the sound of you turning into an unintelligent whiner: Prolonged exposure to negativity and complaining apparently diminishes the brain's capacity for problem solving.

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