TikTok CEO Chew Shou Zi and his wife Vivian Kao have been described as “a couple who often finish each other’s sentences.”
Some people think this is a sign that the couple is very close.
It’s supposed to be a good thing.
For me, I would find it most annoying if my wife completes whatever I had started out to say.
There’s also a slight risk that she could also say something which I had no intention of saying.
Or saying it in a manner that can’t match my silver-tongued oratorical skills, and as a result, unintentionally distorts or decreases the gravity and weightage of the contents of my intended message.
Talking about spouses completing each other’s sentences, I am reminded of a friend’s husband who is a most annoying interrupter.
Someone would start to say something like “I was in Penang last week…” and he would interrupt and say something like “Penang’s traffic jams now very bad…” and then takes over and dominates the conversation, which usually turns into a one-sided monolog or mumbling, rambling soliloquy by then.
Or worse, someone could be talking about the delicious food in Penang but he would interrupt and talk about suicide rates in Japan.
Topics totally unrelated.
This retard is known to interrupt each time someone says something.
Coitus interruptus of the verbal kind.
It’s come to a point where we told our friend not to take along her husband to our gatherings.
Recently, I came across a write-up purportedly to be from Psychology Today that I hereby now shamelessly steal by reproducing:
Six Conversation Habits to Break
1. Interrupting. This makes it seem like you don’t care what the other person has to say.
2. Story-Topping. This can shift the conversation from connection to competition.
3. Bright-Siding. Always encouraging others to be positive can feel invalidating.
4. Being Right. The conversation becomes about winning an argument.
5. Being All-Knowing. Explaining information without being asked for your expertise.
6. Advising. Sometimes people just want empathy.
Yup, you don’t always have to show that you know everything and you don’t always have to have the last word.
Above all, learn to be a good conversationalist!