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5-24-2010 @ 5:32PM
The semi-anonymous nature of the Internet allows people to express feelings and opinions that they would never express face-to-face. IMO these sorts of bitching channels only encourage that, and don't serve to vent frustration but to spread it and grow it.If you are pissed off go vent to someone IRL*. If you have constructive criticism then you might discuss it in private before talking to the guild leader. Just venting to a clique every time something pisses you off isn't healthy and doesn't foster group integrity.And I say this as a very "ranty" person who used to do this. All I did was build myself up into a rage and it served no useful purpose.* Studies have shown that "venting anger" only serves to increase anger and doesn't release it like it was some form of energy. Talking about how to solve real problems is good and healthy, plain old bitching isn't.
5-24-2010 @ 7:56PM
I'm sure you're right about the studies, but I know from personal experience I have felt better after just plain complaining.For example: There is a person in my guild I dislike through no fault of their own. Their personality and mine are simply incompatible. Because I recognized that the person had done nothing wrong per se, I did not voice my frustration with them, but started avoiding situations where I knew I would encounter them (namely, raid nights they signed up for). However, it became apparent to me that another person in my guild felt the same way about the person. Being able to whisper someone about my irritation allowed me to get through raids without saying something regrettable to the person I dislike.Sometimes as human beings we realize our dislikes, irritations, annoyance are irrational. (Well at least the more self-aware among us realize this.) But it does not mean that they do not still grate on us. Being able to share these irrational feelings does help keep our feelings in check. However, discussing something in an official capacity (i.e. with a guild officer) when the problem is on our end is understandably unappealing. For this reason, I think that a vent channel of some sort is a worthwhile place to blow off steam, regardless of what the studies may indicate.
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