So Owl wrote…and this is what he wrote: HIPY PAPY BTHETHDTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY Pooh looked on admiringly. “I’m just saying ‘A Happy Birthday’,” said Owl carelessly. “It’s a nice long one,” said Pooh, very much impressed by it.
We all know someone who’s an insufferable know-it-all, and we also know how utterly tiresome they can be when they start in on tangents. Most of the people who get all grandiose about how important they are because of all the stuff they know really suffer from tremendously low self-esteem, which they try to cover up with an impressive wealth and breadth of knowledge. Being able to prattle on about a subject as though they were the world’s authority on it grants them a measure of self-worth… but can also alienate them rather fiercely.
When we spend time with friends, it’s very rare that we want to sit down to a lecture. Authenticity is cherished a great deal more than encyclopedic blathering, so if your general M.O. when feeling uncomfortable or anxious is to prattle on about late Mesopotamian poetry or the mating habits of a rare species of newt, take a moment to look around you and ask yourself whether doing so would draw people close to you, or put them into a coma. If you’ve just met some new people and are feeling anxious, it’s best to ask them questions about themselves instead of launching into a monologue. Find out what inspires them, what they love to read, what was the strangest food they’ve ever tried. Get to know them, and in turn they’ll want to get to know you. (The REAL you.)
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