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Be a good gossip: Part 2
No, it's not an oxymoron. Here's a look at how to promote positive gossip at your veterinary practice


Supporting others with gossip

To make good or supportive statements involving people, we must continuously work on breaking the undesirable habit of participating in negative gossip. We must clearly separate conversations that talk about someone from those who talk against someone. We must recognize the difference between harmless and harmful conversation.

But to participate in good gossip, even more effort is required. When thinking about sharing personal gossip, ask yourself these three questions:

  • Is it kind?
  • Is it true?
  • Is it necessary?

Kindness has been likened to oil that takes the friction out of living. Is it true? The greatest kindness we have to offer is to always tell the truth. Is it necessary? We should not only say kind things at the right time, but equally important and often more difficult, is to leave unsaid an unkind thing at a tempting moment. Just because we have the right to tell something, doesn't mean that it's right to tell it.

Is gossip ethical? It can be, if we talk about others in a way that we would like them to talk about us.

Dr. Carl Osborne, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, is professor of medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.


Source: DVM360 MAGAZINE,
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