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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Body Language

It's interesting to me how many people don't pick up on body language. It's almost as amazing as those few people that do pick up on it.

Last night in conversation I got uncomfortable. It wasn't a big deal, it wasn't a really horrible situation or anything... just the subject matter made me a little uncomfortable. Everyone goes through it, I certainly have anyway. Most people continue their story, and other people in the conversation try to top it, and all the while you sit there and think, "How can I leave this conversation gracefully?"

After the first story was told, by someone close to me, I expected the next person to follow suit with a bigger story to try and trump it. I didn't want to hear the bigger story, but I was having a hard time figuring out how to leave.

The first person finished up their story, in a somewhat expected ending, and then immediately without pause launched into, "Wow, look at her over there, she had about an inch of respect for me, and now she has about a fourth of an inch left."

I turned and smiled and said very quietly, "Oh we've all been assholes before, it's not a big deal." The other person at the table looked as if a monkey started flying beside the table, they obviously had no idea the subtely of the conversation.

Long story short, I didn't have to hear the trump story, and for once it was nice for someone to pick up on my body language instead of the other way around.


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