GOSSIP & RUMORS

Gossip is defined as idle talk or rumors, especially about the personal or private affairs of others; Gossip News Blondie Parkthe act is also known as dishing or tattling.

Often, the casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.

There are four types of power that are influenced by gossip:

Coercive: when a gossiper tells negative information about a person, their recipient might believe that the gossiper will also spread negative information about them. This causes the gossiper’s coercive power to increase.

Reward: when a gossiper tells positive information about a person, their recipient might believe that the gossiper will also spread positive information about them. This causes the gossiper’s reward power to increase.

Expert: when a gossiper seems to have very detailed knowledge of either the organization’s values or about others in the work environment, their expert power becomes enhanced.

Referent: this power can either be reduced OR enhanced to a point. When people view gossiping as a petty activity done to waste time, a gossiper’s referent power can decrease along with their reputation. When a recipient is thought of as being invited into a social circle by being a recipient, the gossiper’s referent power can increase, but only to a high point where then the recipient begins to resent the gossiper.

A rumor is a bit of unverified information circulating through the grapevine of a group, which tries to make sense of the information or cope with a threat. Research shows that we are bad at unearthing the dirt as individuals; there are also some studies that have found we are, collectively at least, decent detectives.