For awhile now I've noticed that I have a hard time having fun, light conversation when in one-on-one conversations. When in a small group (3-4) of people joking around, I can contribute. (In a large group I mostly just stay quiet and I'm fine with that.) But when hanging out with people one-on-one, even with people who seem to be naturally jovial, the conversation tends to get really seriously and sometimes depressing. [more inside]
I would like to be more curious about my fellow human beings. Curious people, how do you approach conversations with people you don't know? [more inside]
How do you honestly and politely let someone know when you don't like something that they absolutely love without opening the door for them to try and convert you into liking it? [more inside]
I'm interested in dating and otherwise be-friend a guy. We have common interests and he seems to be "nice" and has a high level of intelligence. That said - Every conversation revolves around him. I love to ask people questions and let them "talk freely about their life or whatever"... but at some point you want to have a two-sided conversation. How can I politely make this point without coming across in the wrong way? This is not someone I have known longer then a couple dates.
Can you build a successful romantic relationship without conversational "flow"? [more inside]
What are some great conversation starting questions to ask young people over dinner? [more inside]
I recently had a very confusing break-up conversation that I am having a lot of trouble decoding. [more inside]
Help with encouraging communication early in a relationship? [more inside]
Sometimes I can't tell if my boyfriend likes me. [more inside]
How do you connect with people? How do you reach out to someone you're interested in getting to know better to let them know you're interested in them as a person (with or without romantic potential). I suffer from a bit of social anxiety and shyness so I tend to feel extremely awkward in approaching opportunities for one-on-one interaction. [more inside]
How do I keep a conversation open and moving forward when the other person tends to shut down? [more inside]
Does anyone know of some good reads on conversation and social skills? I'm not suggesting that you can learn these subjects entirely by a book, but what I'm looking for is some methods to make communication a little bit easier when meeting someone or groups of people. [more inside]
What are the best English-language books in existence on improving one's social and conversational skills? [more inside]
Has anyone gone through a period in their life where they've just become too overanalytical and serious? I started therapy a little over a year and a half ago and it has been great. I've gained a lot of additional understanding of myself which has been helpful but at the same time I think it's actually detrimental in other ways. [more inside]
Is it possible to help someone become a better communicator/conversationalist without offending him?
Is it possible to help someone become a better communicator/conversationalist without offending him? [more inside]
My facial expressions don't match my emotions. Sometimes when I think I'm being friendly and warm, I actually look condescending, anxious or just weird. As far as I know I'm neither crazy nor autistic. How can I fix this? [more inside]
How do I keep my cool in a difficult conversation with my sister? [more inside]
I need help understanding how my hyper-smart geek husband's brain works. I want to give him the understanding he craves but am having a hard time inhabiting his plane. [more inside]
How do I sound like the intelligent and mature person that I am? [more inside]
Humble mefite seeking tips for learning to express herself better (specifically, without being too quiet, sounding too serious, or inadvertently coming off as arrogant or self-centered) in the following scenarios.. [more inside]
I stutter. I don't want to. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
I've been having some problems while trying to keep conversation going with people, even when I know them quite well. For some reason I really can't think of anything to say, and when I do I always think of myself as being quite a bore. Also, even though I love to laugh, it's very hard for me to come up with some decent jokes, puns or teases. Any advice on how to improve matters a bit? Thanks a lot in advance!