Reader Feedback On As I See It: Poisoning The Well
December 9, 2013 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Warning: Many generalities, and complaining, follow.
I agree that complaining is not always the best way to deal with a problem.
But if one thinks that there are situations that involve someone like the Pointy Haired Boss in Dilbert (and I do), and if you feel stuck in that situation for any number of reasons, then some complaining may be a way of seeking sympathy from others who have similar feelings.
Maybe the point of your article is that this is not a good thing, but sometimes “letting off steam” let’s you get back to work.
If you feel that there is no feasible way to fix the problem, and it is not feasible to leave the situation (i.e., a job), then you may feel that you just have to suck it up. That is, you don’t feel that you can go to your boss for remedy, based on past experience.
I feel ultimately there is no problem that cannot be solved, but it often seems that this takes a lot of something that I and most people that I deal with do not feel they have–if they even know that they are missing it in the first place.
Sometimes I do know that I am missing this something, and I am doing things in order to express more of whatever it takes to have problems be resolved for everyone involved.
Thanks for this article, and your many previous insightful articles.