Interrupting!

Is it good or bad or somewhere in between?

Mom, and her three sisters, my Auntie Helen, Auntie Ginia, and Auntie Becky, could all talk at once, all the time, and do just fine.  I don’t remember any of them getting upset about it.

Such interrupting became a part of my Wonder Years training.   I thought it was normal.

I’m less convinced of it’s value nowadays because I’ve met folks who have a very hard time with interrupting and being interrupted.  They lose their train of thought, get flustered, and may even quit talking.  Me too sometimes, these days.

When facilitating meetings one of my jobs is to slow down the interruptions that get too far out of line, too frequent, or too blantantly disregard someone else and so on.  On the other hand there are times when some of Mom and the Aunties’ Battle of the Banter style interruptinggets deeper, honest, or creative  juices flowing.

Still, when folks interrupt others it suggests that they are:

1. Not listening.
2. Not valuing, tolerating, or validating the others.
3. Stuck in their own conceits.
4. Anxious.

What do you think?