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A 24-year-old female asked:

Why do some people constantly talk over others, interrupt and cut them off in conversation? is there a psychological reason for this?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Many Answers: The ability to participate in conversation, where each individual is given the time and courtesy to participate, is a learned behavior. Some people never learn proper conversational etiquette. Others ignore the rules and we consider them rude. Personal insecurities can cause one to interrupt others, over talk others, cut them off, and dominate the conversation. There are other explanations.
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Dr. Todd Snyder
Mental Health Counseling 19 years experience
Maybe Just Rude: This sort of rude or socially inappropriate behavior is not indicative of a psychological disorder by itself, but could be a symptom of several disorders. These might include one of several personality disorders, anxiety disorders, or conduct disorder. My hunch is that it is probably the result of ineffective socialization training during childhood, adolescence and/or early adulthood.
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Last updated Nov 7, 2019


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