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Jan 15, 2019

Have you ever felt trapped in a conversation with someone who can’t seem to run out of things to say? You start to wonder when the monologue will end so you can carry on with your life and make the most out of your time. If bumping into a talkaholic feels like your time has been stolen from you, then it’s time to speak the truth and be authentic in your encounters.


In today’s episode, I explain the different factors that contribute to the making of a talkaholic. I share stories of my interactions with people who talk excessively as well as how I have experimented on my responses under those circumstances. I also share strategies you can use when dealing with talkaholics, including actual phrases you can practice and experiment with to discover the best way for you to handle these situations.


“Don’t have the fear to interrupt. Allow yourself to do that - experiment with interrupting.” - Pripo Teplitsky




This week on Relationships! Let’s Talk About It:


  • The declaration my wife made during a significant time in her life that inspired me to be more authentic in my conversations.
  • How my siblings and I rescued each other from our talkaholic Uncle Harry.
  • What makes a talkaholic.
  • How Excessive Talking Disorder is a symptom of several mental, physical, and emotional health issues.
  • The effect on talkaholics when they listen to another person.
  • How people with genuine self-confidence and self-esteem respond in conversations.
  • What an arrogant person thinks that causes him or her to keep on talking.
  • The possible effect of having even one dominant parent at home.
  • Why it’s crucial to know the cause of a talkaholic’s excessive talking.
  • How to still have compassion while maintaining your boundaries.
  • Steps to take when confronting a talkaholic.
  • Good starter sentences when confronting a talkaholic at work and at home.
  • Ways to help others be aware of and cope with their excessive talking.
  • Defining what a conversation is.
  • Expressions I use as a therapist that work well and bring about empathy from the other person.
  • When to leave the conversation.
  • What to do if you intend to stay and not confront the person.
  • How to use your imagination as a way to deal with a talkaholic.
  • What ‘mindfulness presence’ is and how to practice it.
  • Questions to ask when talking with a talkaholic.
  • How to experiment with interrupting.
  • How to take advantage of the pause.
  • How to deal with talkaholics if the person is someone you have a relationship with.
  • What happens when you do not do something to take care of yourself and be authentic.
  • Why five minutes is a good allotment for a back and forth conversation.
  • How to condition each other through the back and forth continuity of your discussion.
  • The story of how a female talkaholic trained herself to pause and give chance to others.
  • Different ways to set boundaries.






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