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Stay Silent if You Have Nothing to Say

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

The Silent Treatment Doesn’t Have to be Cruel

There’s an affliction that hits extroverts particularly hard, and that’s the difficulty of remaining silent when they have nothing to say. Introverts are typically more comfortable maintaining the silence whilst they ponder and reflect. They don’t feel the same need to fill the space, but for many extroverts, space is an opportunity, an invitation to close it down.

Listen to an extrovert talk for 10 minutes and you’ll probably capture as much, if you’re lucky, as the introvert delivers in 30 seconds. 95% is wasted energy and pretty-much content-free.

Not all extroverts are windbags, but many can talk the hind-legs off a donkey. And it isn’t their talking that bothers me. If anything, it can be very entertaining, and I have to confess a vested interest here because I, too, am an extrovert. The issue for me is two-fold:

  1. Is there enough room for the introverted wisdom?

And …

  1. What’s the problem of admitting that you genuinely have nothing to add?

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