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The Difference Between Whining and Bitching

by Holden Shearer

It's whining if you can change it yourself.

It's bitching if it's out of your power** to affect it.

Bitching reduces stress, and is a good way to get a sympathic ear, without the operative word being "pathetic." Whining causes stress in the long run.

**(powerless to go out, and change things themselves, without sacrificing their whole livelihood, or without going to another country, or expending a ludicrous amout of effort (ie, getting voted into congress, making it to the house of representatives, and changing it from there) )

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