You might think there's nothing wrong with talking a lot. Right? Well, I'm not against talking. But often it seems excessive. Often we are not really having a conversation, unless you count the one or two words I manage to interject into her monologue. And there are times when she actually leaves room for me to put in a whole sentence. Even a paragraph, occasionally! It's rare.
I've known her for many years and it hasn't changed at all. Caffeine, which she likes, makes it much worse. I'm beginning to think that this could be compulsive behavior. Sometimes all I have to do is say one or two words and she thinks she knows what I'm going to say, so she finishes the sentence for me. Then, without pausing, she changes the subject and goes on and on.
Sometimes I will try to provide a signal that I would like to make a comment. I'll say something like, "Well!" or "I" or "That's". I'll use any word that sounds like it could be the beginning of a sentence. She is a very observant person and very intelligent so it's hard to believe she doesn't notice. Often, the only effect is to get her more fired up and talking even faster.
To top it off, a lot of what she says is nothing new. I've heard most of it before.
Whatever happened to the art of conversation? Is it dead and buried?