After 10 years of marriage and three children, I embarked on an affair with a work colleague.
Quite apart from the fact that gossip can be devastating for people who get whispered about, it is also equally damaging for the whisperer.And yet gossip seems to have become such a normal, accepted part of our society, particularly for women.In the study, they asked participants to read a series of fictitious stories about 100 famous British and US individuals and matching non celebrities such as 'Jamie and Connie Shannon' and 'Robert and Theresa O'Hara' and indicate how likely they would be to share them with friends.In each case, the volunteers also provided feedback on its predictability and whether their opinion of the main character had changed.He is fully aware of everything that happened and, while devastated, he readily accepts he had a role to play in our marital breakdown.
Life is good, and I genuinely hope this is the same for the other couple concerned.For years I had tried to rescue what was left of my marriage but I had a husband who at that time refused to listen.During the affair, my lover and I shared our problems, compared notes, exchanged feelings and dreamed of a “future”.In other words, gossip is interesting stuff about someone we care about." She added: "Gossip plays a big role in how we manage our social reputations.We hope our study provides a first step in understanding the specific factors that influence our gossiping behaviour." The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.After a few months, since deciding neither of us wanted to break up our marriages, we stopped the deceit and refocused our love on our families.