Tired of listening
I’ve always been quiet - and so people go on and on and on, telling me long stories about themselves. Usually, it’s not that much fun to just listen for a long time. My problem is that most often, people don’t pause long enough when they are talking for me to collect my thoughts and say something to get the conversation on a more interesting track for me. So I am stuck. I am not good at small talk, anyway. I am an introvert with ADD, and I can’t think while someone is talking to me. I need some pauses. Recently, an ex- friend complained angrily that she does all the talking, thereby making herself vulnerable, while I just listen. I thought I was doing her a favor to listen, and she didn’t seem too interested when I did say anything about myself. So I usually avoid situations where I will have to “make small talk” (listen). Any suggestions?
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