Gossip is a way of non-violent communication and is common cause of creating misunderstanding between people and relational harmony. The gossip is a stress related risk factor for developing of heart diseases. Gossip has the following three main characteristics:
i. In gossip one talks about others.
ii. The talk is in their absence.
iii. It is invariably without source.
One should learn to avoid gossip as it invariably reaches to the person whom you are criticizing, condemning or complaint about.
The message often gets distorted. Chinese Whisper is a classical exercise where a message is passed to different people and when the message comes back, it is totally distorted.
Never be judgmental and always quote the source when you are talking. Instead of criticizing a person in his absence, you should have guts to speak in his presence.