This article has been tweeted over 9,000 times. The advice - run away, protect yourself. A leader is someone who recognizes an opportunity to influence and create a positive impact. What if we acknowledged what we were hearing? What if we validated that someone is feeling the way they are, and it was normal... but was the negatively necessary? Think of this from your perspective in those moments when you default into a negative thought. Don't you want to be heard, validated, and acknowledged? I bet when you feel you are, you feel less negative and more willing to address what is bothering you. So it all starts with self leadership.
Sure, exposure to nonstop negativity actually impairs brain function. There are recommendations in the article to "defend yourself." I would add open your heart: Listen deeply for a need under the statements. Talking "negativety" is a habit; it's not the person. Tap into your heart and listen to appreciate. Sometimes the greatest gift is to be heard.