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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    What do you do when people are boring you with their talk?

    what do you do when:

    Scenario #1: you're talking with someone who you dont care about at all and they're talking about incredibly inane things.

    Scenario #2: you're talking with someone who you care a lot about but they've been going on about something you have no interest in for the past two hours or so.

    Scenario #3: you're in the waiting room and the people around you are having small talk that you have no interest in with each other. (you are not part of their conversations)

    Scenario #4: you're waiting in line and the guy behind you tries to strike up a conversation. about something really boring.

    i cant think of anymore, feel free to add in more scenarios and post your reaction/action to them! :D

    (ENTPs, feel free to answer too. too lazy to repost this to your forum haha)
    Last edited by calysco; 04-06-2010 at 08:38 AM.
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  2. #2
    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by calysco View Post
    (ENTPs, feel free to answer too. too lazy to repost this to your forum haha)
    for some reason i love this. i just felt compelled to say that.

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by calysco View Post
    what do you do when:

    Scenario #1: you're talking with someone who you dont care about at all and they're talking about incredibly inane things.
    Try very hard to suppress the urge to yawn and attempt to feign interest. If it's someone who does this all the time, I'd start to act busy when I see them coming.

    Scenario #2: you're talking with someone who you care a lot about but they've been going on about something you have no interest in for the past two hours or so.
    Start getting impatient and ask them to get to the point. Or change the subject somewhere along the way.

    Scenario #3: you're in the waiting room and the people around you are having small talk that you have no interest in.
    Not many people strike up conversations with me, but I behave the same way as #1

    Scenario #4: you're waiting in line and the guy behind you tries to strike up a conversation. about something really boring.
    This made me think of the scene from Clerks where the guy at the counter keeps annoying everyone by talking about the Weekly World News headlines :D Again, just feign interest, I'll be through the line quick enough ;)

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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    Quote Originally Posted by unleashthehounds View Post
    Not many people strike up conversations with me, but I behave the same way as #1
    my bad- i meant to say that the groups of people around you talking with each other. they're not talking to you.

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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    1. "This conversation isn't very interesting to me at all... sorry?" Of course the sorry would be halfassed lol. But this only goes for those who are of no benefit to me either. As in, if I had a job and my boss was talking about nothing, I'd nod and give a "Mmm," every once in a while, to give them the impression I was listening, but at the same time letting them know that we don't share the same interests.

    2. Well, if I care about them, we must be close and the people that are close to me are use to my bluntness, so I could simply say , "You know I don't care," and we'd laugh and talk about something else. However, if it's something they're really passionate about, I can bare with it, maybe ask them a question or two because there are plenty of times when I'm going on and on about the different philosophies of life and my friends put up with it, whether or not they actually know or care about what I'm talk about lol.

    3. I look as uninviting as possible, hopefully this is a good enough sign to avoid trying to add me to the conversation. Mentally, I roll my eyes at the fact that they feel pressured by society to engage in small talk that no one ever has any interest in anyway.

    4. Give him short, clipped answers.

    Scenario #5 - you're forced to interact with a family member who is oblivious to the fact that you aren't very fond of them. Mwhaha.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by calysco View Post
    my bad- i meant to say that the groups of people around you talking with each other. they're not talking to you.
    Ok, then I usually either listen and observe or get lost in my own thoughts

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I'm an INFJ...but...eh
    1. "I have to go to the bathroom"
    2. Turn my brain off and just listen for key words in case they ask questions.
    3. Earpluuugggssss.
    4. Meow?

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    Scenario 1: When I am functional, I humor them and try to steer the conversation so as to get out of it as quickly as possible. If I am having less self-control, I'll be more blunt and tell them the conversation sucks and that I don't want to talk to them.

    Scenario 2: So communication is good between the two of us, I'll politely but directly tell him/her that I don't enjoy the topic, but am willing to listen to him/her if it is important to her. It can suck, but I can grin and bear it for the sake of a friend who considers it important; I can also usually find some way to interpret it in a more interesting spin for myself, or introject something from my end to make it interesting for both of us.

    Scenario 3: I do nothing at all. I just remain in my own head, internally removed.

    Scenario 4: I HATE these situations! I often times just ignore them in a blunt way; if I'm feeling nice I'll humor them. Sometimes, I'll say something controversial that'll make them think I'm a weirdo so that they decide to stop talking to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monte View Post

    Scenario #5 - you're forced to interact with a family member who is oblivious to the fact that you aren't very fond of them. Mwhaha.
    I've been in these situations before; they're absolutely terrible.

    How I deal with it really depends on the context, though. If it is private (usually not the case), I'll politely decline conversation. In other situations (where there are other highly judgmental family members present), it's trickier because I don't want to say things that will damage relationships further among my family (more than they already are). I usually just humor them and bear it until the ordeal is over.

  10. #10
    Unknown Personality

    Quote Originally Posted by calysco View Post
    what do you do when:

    Scenario #1: you're talking with someone who you dont care about at all and they're talking about incredibly inane things.
    Walk away, but I don't see why I would be talking to them at all, if I didn't care about them at all.

    Scenario #2: you're talking with someone who you care a lot about but they've been going on about something you have no interest in for the past two hours or so.
    I would have told them a long time before 2 hours to come to the point.

    Scenario #3: you're in the waiting room and the people around you are having small talk that you have no interest in with each other. (you are not part of their conversations)
    Walk to the other side of the room or tune it out and go inside my own head.

    Scenario #4: you're waiting in line and the guy behind you tries to strike up a conversation. about something really boring.
    Ignore. Should that fail, "Ich spreche kein Englisch."
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