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Top 10 Reasons People Complain

With these to call my own observation, I bet some of you will also complain about it.

Complaints are the very first thing I hear every morning. It is like my daily music. People complain about almost everything. They complain about their jobs, other people’s jobs, their bosses and even things that are uncontrollable, like the weather. When it rains, people complain about getting wet. When it’s summer, people complain of getting sun burn. But why do people complain? I really don’t know the answer. Based from my own observation, here are 10 possible reasons people complain:

1. People complain as a sign of discontentment. They tend to be discontented of what they have. They want something more. This applies to employees wanting for higher compensation.

2. They want something or someone to blame to. Instead of solving their problem, they avoid it and complain about it. They simply don’t want to take the responsibility.

3. People want something. This applies to little children and those people who exhibit childish behavior. They will complain until they get what they want. I knew someone who complains about their office table instead of having it repaired or replaced.

4. Resistance to change. New rules, new leaders, and new systems go hand in hand with people’s resistance.

5. They feel threatened. I personally experienced this in my former jobs. He told me I didn’t deserve to get that position. I think I did well in every task given to me. My boss told me about it. But it wasn’t exactly in change for anything not even to please my boss or anybody else. That is probably the main reason they feel threatened about me.

6. People have much idle time. Perhaps they just don’t have anything else to do. Or perhaps they are just bored and complaining is their only means of making use of their time.

7. They are jealous. Some people are simply envious. They have the tendency to want something that belongs to other people.

8. Something is really wrong. I think this the most valid reason to complain. But complaining alone without doing something to solve the problem is useless.

9. They want to get other people’s attention. Everyone wants to be noticed. For some, complaining is the best way to get it.

10. It is part of normal impulse of humans. For whatever reasons, complaining is just a normal reaction of someone who has something to say about what they feel. Unfortunately, not everyone is gifted to clearly and appropriately express it. That is why they complain instead.

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  1. foxpete88

    On April 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    great post…thanks for sharing.-


    On April 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

    never stop complaining

  3. jedpogi

    On April 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

    gawa muna bago magreklamo ehehe…

  4. prospectboy

    On April 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I wrote an article earlier this year on this subject, and I agree with many of the points you make. Especially number 8. Nice article. You bring up some points that I’ve never even considered before. Good work!

  5. Guy Hogan

    On April 9, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I am going to print this out.

  6. Nikita Phadke

    On April 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Haha great Post!

  7. smidggy

    On April 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    So true, so true! Great post, thanks!

  8. elnavann

    On April 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Yes that is true – most people who always complain are disgruntled about something totally different

  9. Ambi2010

    On April 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    So true!! wonderful work!

  10. Starpisces

    On April 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    very interesting post here.. some really hard to please.

  11. Macherie

    On April 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I complain because I can. lol

  12. webseowriters

    On April 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm


  13. mona rastogi

    On April 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    good sharing

  14. deedaG50

    On April 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Complainers do so because they have a mouth. Try complaining without one, you will soon understand the value of gratitude Good Post.

  15. gracieoscar

    On April 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    boredom is another good reason to complain!

  16. d1dezire

    On April 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    True especially the last one.

  17. Judy Sheldon

    On April 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    One thing I never complain of is boredom. There are so many things to ponder and to occupy the mind. I may complain of too little time. :-) God gives us so much that we should thank him for the things we have to complain about as it could always be worse, and the situations challenge us to be resourceful.

    Awesome article.

  18. martie

    On April 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    My husband admits he complains because he enjoys it!

  19. lapasan

    On April 10, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I agree with the 10 reasons why people complain.

  20. athena goodlight

    On April 10, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Some people love to complain to get attention, too and they love to see people irritated, hence they feel some kind of power. Nice article!

  21. aprilsong

    On April 10, 2011 at 8:45 am


  22. lian rosa

    On April 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

    No. 6 surely gives ample time for a person to find things to complain about.

  23. micCyrus

    On April 10, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Great post!! I liked it allot!!

  24. youthinksokiddo

    On April 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    you have some insightful thoughts, i would add that people feel weak or not in control of their situation, so they complain rather than having faith that they can do something. i guess it is similar to number 2. they do not take responsibility.

  25. Brewed Coffee

    On April 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Can I file a complaint here? LOL!

    I guess some people are really in the habit of complaining and finding faults in everything and everyone. They fail to look in the mirror once in a while. Complaining is sometimes a tiring business. :-)

  26. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On April 11, 2011 at 1:29 am

    The point about resistance to change is something that I totally accept. I’ve met such people.

  27. papaleng

    On April 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Sabi nga ng mga Pinoy, doon ka sa presinyo mag-reklamo.. Good post.

  28. wawawawa0000

    On April 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    to blame others is you have a long way, to blame yourself is you’re near, to blame no one is you have reach your destination.. great article

  29. researchanalyst

    On April 14, 2011 at 4:49 am

    your probably right about this

  30. Akiong

    On April 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm


  31. adicodrean1967

    On May 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

    good post

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