You're a mean one, Mr Grinch
May 4, 2010 3:11 AM Subscribe
I am a whiner. I get easily irritated by things and complain a lot. It doesn't bother some people, but it bothers others who are close to me. I don't want to stress them out, so I'm asking for ways I can tone down that aspect of my personality so it doesn't alienate others.
posted by Ziggy500 to Human Relations (25 answers total) 51 users marked this as a favorite
My default response to a lot of the world is mild anger: be it politics, people who talk loudly in the cinema, unhelpful customer service, etc. I get it out of my system by bitching. I don't feel like I am particularly unhappy or need therapy but I just seem to engage with a lot of the world in a grumpy way.
This AskMeFi question
could easily be written about me, although I know it isn't. I know people who probably started out like me and gradually became much grumpier and stressier as they got older to the point where other people don't want to hang out with them anymore, and I don't want to get to that point.
How can I become less irritable? Or how can I effectively suppress negative thoughts when they are not appropriate or when they will stress out other people?
(This is my first relationship filter question! I feel I have come of age)