4. You read in the paper that a couple from your social group, who you always suspected as being a little “shady”, has been accused and arrested of stock fraud and embezzlement of funds. The Laws of Proper Speech do allow you to mention this to others under specific circumstances. Why?
a) Because everyone now knows about it anyway?
b) Because it's probably true?
c) Well, actually, you choose not to talk about it or discuss it with anyone, ever!
d) Because if they were here, you would say it to their face?
e) Because there is one person you know who was planning to invest money with them and needs to know to wait and investigate for themselves based on this new information?
5 points or more - You are officially a gossip. Not something to be proud of. Chances are you have hurt a lot of people in your lifetime and will probably hurt many more. Not to mention, there's a good chance your family relationships, personal relationships and business relationships (and possibly your “bottom line”) are suffering as a result. This does NOT make you a bad person. It only means that it's an important part of your life that needs work. Make a decision to improve in this area. You can do it!
3 to 4 points - This is not good. You have a problem with gossip, and it probably comes back to haunt you from time to time. But there is lots of hope. You can do it!
1 to 2 points - You occasionally slip up, probably because of social pressure, but you are trying. Feel good about yourself for trying. Know that there is still a way to go, AND you can do it!
Zero to -5 points - You are a person that others respect and trust. Your relationships in all areas of your life are most likely very happy and healthy; and your self-esteem is most likey at a very high level. Congratulations! Either you have been blessed with a beautiful nature, or you have worked hard to develop one. Keep strong and continue to be an example for the world.
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