Must stop interrupting everyone.
June 10, 2009 1:23 PM Subscribe
Help me stop interrupting everyone when they're speaking!
posted by Muffpub to Grab Bag (21 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I've always talked over people without realizing it, but after a few people (including my ex) pointed it out to me over the past few months I've become more and more aware that I interrupt people when they're in the middle of talking simply because I thought of something exciting or interesting to say - or at least that's how I perceive it.
I never seem to speak over people out of anger or aggression; often, I find myself interrupting people to ask questions or to offer support or to reinforce what they're saying. Crucially, I'm usually completely unaware of what I'm doing until someone seethes "let me finish!"
After I caught myself interrupting someone at a job interview - yeah, a job interview - I realized that I need some actual help figuring this out. This would also help my relationship with my mother, since we both talk over each other all the time and it drives us both insane.
General tips for being a better listener and not dominating conversations would also be appreciated. Thanks.