Re: Female friend likes to talk a lot.
I find most people are self-absorbed and just like to hear themselves talk, I don't know if they are venting or what..
I think the "art of listening" is rare these days. My ex-boyfriend also liked to talk and sometimes I could hardly get a word in or when I tried to, he would interrupt me and I would say "Hello, I am trying to say something and you are interrupting me"..
Sometimes we have to be polite but assertive. I try to be a good listener but that's me.
The only advice I have for you is to either start asserting yourself in a nice way (i.e.: "this is a one-way conversation and I would appreciate it if you would let me talk" or something like that).. Or buy her a book on the art of listening (hint, hint)..