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Captcha Challenge – “Talk to Strangers”

Seems like the Captcha is telling me the opposite of what my mom and Rick Springfield told me, which was “Don’t talk to strangers”. That’s pretty good advice for a little kid, because some strangers can be pretty strange. But how about as an adult? Being able to talk to strangers can help a lot. You may have been in an accident and need a kind soul to help you make a phone call or get medical assistance, or you may be new in town or at a job and need to make some friends, or you may just be bored standing in line at the bank or the grocery store and find it handy to chitchat with your fellow linemates.

I personally don’t have any fear of meeting new people or talking to them. If they turn out to be weird, I can handle that well enough, but at least it’s an interesting encounter! Some people have a shyness about talking to people that can be quite paralyzing. It’s called “social phobia”, and it is the fear that people will dislike you or laugh at you if you try to interact with them. It is more likely to strike men than women, so I guess societal pressure on men to make a strong impression probably has something to do with that. I feel sorry for people who can’t go to parties or meet new people because of this fear. Maybe chatting online helps a little, because at least you don’t have to worry about spilling a drink on someone or tripping over your own feet!

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maxeen wrote on April 10, 2015, 8:25 AM

We have that in common,I enjoy meeting new people and maybe it has something to do with being in sales most of my life. I cannot imagine a life with fear of talking to strangers,don't put me on a stage though!(I know you like to sing).

scheng1 wrote on April 10, 2015, 9:29 AM

I have no problem taking to strangers too, especially those in the queue at the supermarket.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 10, 2015, 9:46 AM

You would have no friends at all if you never talked to a stranger. I know people who have that problem

Kasman wrote on April 10, 2015, 2:37 PM

I have no fear of talking with strangers but I am still wary of doing so. Probably this has something to do with the fact that I prefer my own company. I am frequently alone but I am never lonely.

Ellis wrote on April 10, 2015, 2:44 PM

I hate those people who want to know everything about you....your name...where you live...what you're doing etc.. They're called police

msiduri wrote on April 11, 2015, 9:16 AM

Well, at least they're not idle busybodies. Or trying to sell you solar panels. emoticon :smile:

AliCanary wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:04 PM

Believe me, I had to get over my nerves to sing in front of people, though!

AliCanary wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:09 PM

It helps pass the time, and you can get a good feeling from a nice chat. You could even make a new friend!

AliCanary wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:13 PM

That is true, I remember how easy it was to make new friends in school, and it seems to grow a little harder as we get older--I guess we know not to trust everybody at that point...

AliCanary wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:15 PM

I am happy by myself, too, but I really like doing things with friends (as long as I can also have my "me time")!

AliCanary wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:15 PM nosy, what!

maxeen wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:30 PM

I was pushed onto a hall stage to speak in front of hundreds! My lips turned into rubber. Terrible experience!

bestwriter wrote on April 14, 2015, 9:17 PM

I may not talk to strangers but I have a whole line of those that kind of form my infrastructure The pc guy, then I have the one who attends to my electricity issues, plumber, cooking range that needs maintenance, bank manager, grocer, tv guy, and a whole lot of those that I need to have our life running on smooth wheels. I have enough people to talk to in that I no longer need friends or family (lol)