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Old 09-17-2009, 04:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I know I need to communicate more if I am to beat SA, but the problem is that I feel little motivation to engage in most conversations. Most of them seem so inane and tedius, talking about shopping and other humdrum stuff and I find totally dull. I suppose that is what is known as 'small talk', but I have always found it mind numbing. Perhaps that's why I find it so hard to relate with people? Even amongst my own family, people who I can trust and talk wirh easily, I find myself being silent anyway because what they are talking about does not interest me in the slightest.

Perhaps normal people find it as boring as I do but just participate anyway because it's the only way to have any kind of social life? Maybe I'm just being lazy and not putting the effort in...
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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It becomes more enjoyable when you get used to it. At first you have to put in a lot of effort, which makes simple conversations seem like big deals. If you keep it up it becomes more natural, and those boring, meaningless conversations just sort of become second-nature, but enjoyable.

I don't know about other people but I find small talk is good for occupying the mind.
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Because you don't enjoy the company of the people you're talking with or don't feel comfortable with them. If you really liked these people you could talk about the most boring/dummest/silliest **** forever. At least thats the case with me.
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Because you don't enjoy the company of the people you're talking with or don't feel comfortable with them. If you really liked these people you could talk about the most boring/dummest/silliest **** forever. At least thats the case with me.
i wish i had someone like that. you're lucky
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i wish i had someone like that. you're lucky

I think the trick might be to block out the self-analyzing monster in your head while attempting to participate in the conversations. I really don't know though because I haven't had a meaningful conversation in a number of months now.
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Because you don't enjoy the company of the people you're talking with or don't feel comfortable with them. If you really liked these people you could talk about the most boring/dummest/silliest **** forever. At least thats the case with me.
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i wish i had someone like that. you're lucky
Oh I don't have someone like that now. I did around March-April-ish. Not anymore .
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I think it's about learning that if you really make the effort,you can find something interesting about almost anyone. Maybe you find that you really admire how dedicated they are to their family and how hard they work to support them. Perhaps,it's an area of knowledge that's unique and if you tried you could appreciate their view of it. I think you have to put forth more effort in finding that little nugget of interest. People aren't like TV's you can adjust to find exactly what would perfectly interest and entertain you.
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You're not boring. But let's face a fact: boring people have boring conversations. But you can be the most fascinating conversationalist ever. Don't believe me? I used to be boring too. Until I learned the conversational tricks of Hollywood screenwriters: use loads of profanity, sex and gratuitous violence. Your conversations will become so interesting you'll become illegal to talk to.
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It becomes more enjoyable when you get used to it. At first you have to put in a lot of effort, which makes simple conversations seem like big deals. If you keep it up it becomes more natural, and those boring, meaningless conversations just sort of become second-nature, but enjoyable.

I don't know about other people but I find small talk is good for occupying the mind.
Most of the small talk I partake in is consciously forced by me to appear normal and to practice my fledgling skills. It's a chore 80% of the time, but I have hope that eventually it will seem fun!
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I feel the same way and thought about it for a while.

I tend to have better conversations with people I don't know anything about, because I go into the conversation with the premise that I don't know them and can ask them a lot of questions. The resulting conversation may not be Hollywood-worthy entertainment, but at the very least what they say will be news to me since I didn't know before.

When it comes to people I do know about (like people I hear about from other people, or people who keep blogs or have Facebook/Twitter), I feel like there's not much to talk about because they already share everything in some other way. I have no idea how to maintain a conversation with those people for longer than a few sentences. I guess it would help to remind myself that I don't know everything about the person, even though they narrate their life via 5 separate web sites.
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