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How to Safely Stop Whining.

Updated on May 25, 2014

Would you rather be hugged by Buddha or bit by a rattlesnake?

I lean toward a hug.
I lean toward a hug. | Source
Should I act negative and get negative vibes or happy and reap what I sow?
Should I act negative and get negative vibes or happy and reap what I sow? | Source

Whining is disgusting.

Do you just hate whining in anybody. If you whine, folks will avoid you. You may whine because you were taught to whine. Do you want some cheese with that whine? Straight up we whine. It is not pretty. Some teach children to whine. Others teach them not to.

So these are observations about the do's and don't's about whining.

Let us be fair here. Some working moms almost cherish whining in their children. It is an obvious and intimate statement of desire for some thing. It is immediate gratification for both child and parent if the parent rewards the whining. It is a recipe for disaster.

Complaining is not whining.

Complaining about something can be done with a whine and whining usually has a complaint built in. But do not confuse folks who are critical with folks who whine. That is like saying that "he has a powerful personality that scares me so he is a bully". No, complaining is pointing out something wrong. Whining is complaining in a poor me nasty tone that is bothersome simply by the sound of it. Whining is always about the whiner and not fixing something but drawing attention to the "sadness" it causes the whiner.

"This system stinks because the editors stink" "the editors always pick on me" clearly the second is a whine. The first could be if accompanied by a grating whimpering sound and near tears, but is not whining on it's face.

Whining is the gaining attention by making irritating remarks combined with irritating tone of sounds -- sometimes not even words. So can do it, but it is hard to whine by writing.

This is wrong. A child crying is not whining, end of story

I could whine about how wrong this symbol is. Crying is totally different than whining.
I could whine about how wrong this symbol is. Crying is totally different than whining. | Source

Warm prods versus cold pricks.

You have an obligation to our world to prevent your child from learning to whine in order to get what they want. It is just this simple. My 4 year old whines. With me he gets a real sharp rebuke and an ugly face and a loud obnoxious voice. Sometimes he forgets that, about twice a week and he gets that hammer.

With his mother he gets what he wants. So he whines "at" her constantly. There is a caveat to that. He does not whine to her within my earshot. I am many things but not lazy. I will stop whatever I am doing and lay into him with cold pricks if he whines at anyone when I can hear it or see it or even smell or taste it in the air.

Point blank -- none of my children whine except my youngest to his mom.

Surely the point is clear.

Don't whine, be happy

Whining is all about you and the bully.

Whining is one of the easiest reflections of your attitude. Look in the mirror next time you want to whine. And then just whine. Ugly, isn't it? Yuk!

You got squat to whine about. I met a man on the street and he was doing what looked like a mock whine. He stank bad, looked like filth and was just nuts. I got up in his face and asked him what he had to whine about. He laughed too hard and grabbed my arm just to keep from falling down laughing. And he finally sputtered out that he was not whining but making fun of his friend who was whining right there next to him. He explained for a few minutes that he and his buddy had everything they needed but his friend had to whine about everything. He was mocking his friend. And he was happy.

My readers should note that there was really no friend except the delusion of a schizophrenic. But even he saw the stupidness of whining. But it illustrates wonderfully how that part of our brain can go to whining and it takes a strong other part to stop it now.

Whining shows us an insight because it is a physical manifestation of at loser mentality. Just assume you were a bully. How would you pick your victim? You would just cup your hand around your ear and listen for the whiner. Who would care if you bullied a whiner? No me.

Whining is the wilderness of Montana is allowed, if you are by yourself.

Some fun thoughts on whining that clarify.

Off he went into the closet to whine.

New book title "how to whine without anyone noticing".

He sat smiling in his own private whine.

Everyone loves a recovering whiner.

Whiners Anonymous

How to whine and dine alone

The engines whined but nobody heard (how about that tree that falls in the forest?)

Nobody hates a mute whiner

Only folks who whine hate whiners more than others.

He whined four times: 1) to get his way; 2) to get attention; 3) to get smacked; 4)about the smacking and he was alone for all but 2 & 3.

That book should be a best seller. I have never met a man who whined alone that I knew was a whiner.

One mom whined to her small children. They locked her up in the loony bin.

I whined to myself about having to climb that, until I reached the top.

It is good to whine when climbing. It really lightens your load --
It is good to whine when climbing. It really lightens your load -- | Source

Institutionalized Whining.

We hope that we do not hurt anyone's sensibilities here. You will have to decide that for yourselves. Your favorite group whines about how things are today or even yesterday. Each group has for the most part a positive aspect and productive measure about them. But just like our bum on the street they have a part of them that whines. Churches are no exception as civic groups are not exception.

MADD and That "pink ribbon campaign" are two of the biggest whiners around. It is crazy. Just listen to them.

MADD brings us to anger and whining. Incompetent anger is normally whining. Follow it through. Anger is normally fear turned outward. Whining is normally "I want" turned outward. And whining is verbal normally. Get someone who is afraid of cancer, wants a cure and has a voice and you get whining. And for MADD, we are all fearful of killing machines being driven by maniacs who drink and drive, we want it to stop and we want tougher rules and enforcement and we have a voice that is really not heard very well. That is a perfect recipe for whining.

My advice on that is: Let them whine, we need to hear it.

Believe it or not I work for lawyers who would love to sue you.

This article was written by Eric Dierker. I reserve all rights to this article and desire no duplication without attribution. On the other hand feel free to share the content just let folks know where it came from. Copying it and claiming it as your own would be stupid and subject you to my legal harassment of you. Besides if someone asked you what it meant you would not know so yes it is copyright protected as original work by me.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We have not had whining for over two weeks -- except mine.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise we are just about through with that stage of stopping the whining with our 4 year old. Last night all I had to do was glare at him and he stopped. We note at this age it can become a habit if allowed. Thanks for coming by.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I'm with you. We create whiners by listening to them and giving them our undivided attention. I see this in parents with small children frequently. It is not pretty, and does get annoying. Thanks for pointing this out!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Joe you are very much right. That concept of responding in a negative way ---- well let us just be real careful and not miss the opportunities to show love in kind also. Thank you.

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      4 years ago from north miami FL

      This almost seems cruel but has so much truth to it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Let me caution that whining is not the same as complaining. We have a right/duty to complain about wrongs --- just not a right to whine. DDE I do not think that you have whining in you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I try not to complain anymore it is not worth my valuable time let go and let be.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Dora, I am leaning toward the notion of 80% nurture and 20% natural predisposition.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I appreciate your insights on whining. It seems that some personalities are simply good at it. Other personalities can make the same complaint, but it does not come over as a whine. Yes, it is disgusting. Lord, please keep me from whining!


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