Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday's Truth: My Worst Personality Trait





I am playing along with my dear friend Tats, from Tattoos and Teething Rings for today's writing prompt. She had 2 for us to choose from...a food memory or an annoying behavior/bad habit. I chose the the latter.

I did not consult Mr. Sister or the little Sisters on this one. Because:

1.  I'm nearly perfect and
2.  I shudder in horror at what they would suggest.

I was unaware of this personality trait until very recently and am working hard to eliminate it.  A difficult task for sure but so very worth it in the end.

What is this trait you ask? Brace yourselves: I talk to myself. Apparently quite a lot. I was blissfully unaware of this until someone (thank you Mr. Sister) pointed it out to me several months ago. Since becoming enlightened of this annoyance, I have caught myself in this behavior on numerous occasions:  while cooking, sewing, setting up complicated equipment at work, walking the dog, blogging, etc. More often than not, it seems to occur when I am totally focused on whatever task I am performing at the time.

Where did I pick this behavior up? I have no idea. I don't think either of my parents talked to themselves nor any of my older sisters. I don't know of any friends who exhibit this trait either. I truly was mortified when it was pointed out to me. How long has this been going on? Mr. Sister likes to say that I have a tendency to "narrate my life".

The question should be how do I change? I do believe that acknowledging this behavior is more than half the battle. With that said, I'm going to need your help. If you ever hear me rambling on about a lot of nothing, point it out, please. I won't be upset. Promise. With your help, I can beat this thing.

26 comments:

Brian Miller said...

is the conversation interesting at least...i mean you could be losing a valuable friend here...smiles.

Julie Schuler said...

If someone pointed it out to me, I think I would get really mad and say "well, I like to hear from someone with good sense once in a while!" and stomp away.

suzicate said...

I love Julie's retort and am going to use it! I also talk to myself and my kids pointed out. I told them not to worry unless I start answering myself shich they replied, "YOU DO"! Guess they might have me committed soon! We should form a club, I'm sure there are many more of us out there. Thanks for making me feel "not so looney" today!

Pelican Joe said...

People who talk to themselves have a captive audience!

Really, I do like Julie's response, but I would have stated it "I enjoy having a conversation with the smartest, brightest, most interesting person in the room. This happens to be me at this time. Sorry, when you can get 138 people to follow your dribble on a daily basis, maybe you will get to this status. But, for now, shut up! You are interrupting this brilliant orator!"

I would not stomp off. I think a good comeback is worth price of staying around to see the dumb-founded look on their face.

Just remember, most of Shakespeare's characters spoke to themselves! But, they also died -- So, you got that trade-off!

Tortuga said...

I talk to myself all the time, so don't feel too bad.

Jephy's Mom said...

Does it still count as talking to yourself when there is a dog in the room?

I think talking to myself might have began with talking first to my children when they were babies and then to my dogs. You sort of learn to carry on both sides of the conversatation on their behalf.

Jephy's Mom said...

conversation = conversatation

Willoughby said...

I think talking to yourself demonstrates a superior level of intelligence, creativity and imagination. Yeah, I talk to myself, too. I'm not sure why I do it, but I think it helps me focus.

Mumsy said...

I find myself talking to yes, myself, too. "Narrating my life" isn't that bad. It keeps us on tasks :-)

Robin said...

I think its kool.."wherever you go there you are"...you'll never be lonely..I dont know if you should change it...I think my hubs would be a little happier If I talked more to myself, and less to him.....this way he would get some peace..Lol...actually I do it too..but I enjoy it..!

purejoy said...

hmmm narrating my life. i like it!! as if i don't already talk too much as it is. came by from nicole's. always enjoy a good story.

ChristineM said...

I talk to myself, too. And if I were you, I would probably do it a lot more because I think you'd be a lot more fun to talk to! ;)

Tina said...

"Not that there's anything wrong with that"...I'm with the others who say a good comeback is the way to go. I say start collecting them, rotate which them as retorts, and don't change a thing! If it ain't broke don't fix it...

James Hawley said...

I think the jury has spoken.

Steph said...

I've always heard that talking to yourself is ok as long as you don't answer yourself.

I stopped by from Write On.

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

As long as what you're saying is in English and makes halfway sense, I'd be OK with it. I'm wondering what took Mr Sister so long to point it out?

Thanks for playing along!

Pelican Joe said...

Tat, She was half-way entertaining (the reason it took me so long to point it out). It was like watching a documentary. Or March of the Penguins. In 3-D!

Tracie said...

I think everyone who talks to him/herself should blog. It's a match made in heaven. Or the nuthouse.....(kidding!)

Heather @ Gerber Days said...

Now you just need a scribe who can jot it all down for you. Maybe these so called "ramblings" have deeper meaning! ;)

That's pretty funny.

Found you on the links on T&TR. ;) New follower too!

Mindy said...

Hmmm...is this really a "bad" habit? At least you know how to entertain yourself and know a good conversationalist! I'm impressed that you asked for input on this one. I wasn't brave enough to ask my hubby. I like to self-criticize only.

Erin said...

Actually, it sounds rather sweet and endearing to me as opposed to a bad habit you need to break...

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Nessa said...

Sshh...

Nessa said...

I talk to my self all of the time and rather than stopping I encourage others to do the same.

Les said...

I talked it over with myself and came to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong with you talking to yourself! I enjoy talking with you, so why shouldn't you, too?

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Polly, no worries. I often do it. I mean I talk to myself and that comforts me a lot when I'm stessed.
Have a great Wednesday!
Betty xxx

Raoulysgirl said...

I'm afraid you're not going to find much help here, my friend. I've given up on trying to silence myself. I guess I just have too much to say!!!

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