The Rehash Hangover

Symptom: You can’t stop talking about what happened with your stubborn husband/boss/mother.

Causes: This habit is called “co-ruminating,” says Amanda Rose, an associate professor of psychological science at the University of Missouri. She has found that while we expect that getting everything off our chest will make us feel better, that often isn’t true. “We’ve seen that there’s a snowball effect where talking about your problems causes you to dwell on them, and dwelling makes you feel depressed, which makes you complain even more,” she says.

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