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Begone, you poltroon!

Moods are infectious. The first night of tech-week resulted in a slowly gathering storm of grumpy people - one person would grouse about something, and the person they were bitching too would then complain, also. It spreads - next thing you know, everyone's grumping and working on short nerves.

Working on the theory that the reverse would also work - I enlisted a few other people in my seekrit, nefarious plan. We would be relentlessly, psychotically cheerful. If someone complained, we'd find the upside. If someone was frowning - smiles. If someone was demanding annoying things from us - we'd cheerfully comply.

Well, it seemed like a good idea. Turns out apparently only bad moods are infectious. Mind you this technique worked pretty well in the Army. i resolved to be the one soldier who would bounce out of his rack every morning, cheerful and ready to go - instead of bleary-eyed and bitching like everyone else. My squadmates found this wildly irritating - until I went on leave, when the admitted it had been helpful to have someone a little zippa-dee-doo-dah to get the moving. Not so much last night, though. And then finally the technical director, who has been throwing his weight around as much as possible in a very abrupt, rude way - told me I was being a slacker for not wanting to clear a huge piece of scenery AND make a quick change in about 30 seconds - I snapped, a little. My idea of white hot fury? "Pardon me, sir, I am not." Of course, I said it in a tone of voice that implied I was regretting I didn't have a white glove for the slappin' - but as the guy in question is in a wheelchair, that would have been particularly ungentlemanly.

Why is it that when I get mad, I sound like a 19th Century twit?


Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
i recently read an article somebody posted (from the Post, i believe) that basically said that recent studies have shown that one "bad apple" in the workplace actually CAN spoil the bunch (so to speak). one person who's constantly negative, or who always slacks, etc., can bring down the morale of an entire department. seems logical that it would apply to most group situations where the only alternative to being around that person is leaving the group.

sorry people are being schmucks. that's never any fun. not a bad idea to practice the cheerfulness and optimism, though -- it can help in the battle against depression.

Why is it that when I get mad, I sound like a 19th Century twit?

because that's the culture you've steeped yourself in, silly. (and personally, i think it's kinda cute -- there are far too many belligerent assholes out there these days, and more people should be polite when they're angry.)


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