Is Venting Useful? Probably Not.
Venting is a good habit to avoid.
We love to vent and we are usually taught that it is good to vent.
From a religious perspective, to make venting a habit is to lack self discipline when it comes to your emotions. It causes us to be hasty in our words which leads to things we regret saying. Venting all the time is like a little kid who constantly throws tantrums – you know, those ones on the floor. It’s a sign someone is out of control, lacking any self boundaries. It allows useless anger and fear to rise to the surface and dominate. Self control is an essential characteristic of a good Christian. Peter learned this lesson the hard way right?
Tammy Lenski just did a great interview with a top social psychology researcher. He agrees that habitual venting hurts us. Take a listen here.
Thanks for sharing my interview with Brad Bushman, Brenda. I’m glad it’s useful to you and your readers!