chang|e one's mind

i wrote a song… in my mind

slow your role pt. 2

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first off, i apologize for changing the name of the site. i just thought it made a little more sense, plus it sounds more philosophical and it’s a play on words if you know me well enough.

so it seems people are interested in conversation “roles”. so here’s part two of slow your role including user feedback roles.

the downer: brings the whole mood of the conversation down the instant he or she opens their mouth. this person just cannot wait to tell you about a tragic world event or the fact that they just “can’t catch a break”. this person just lost their phone or keys for the 15th time while tripping in front of a crowd of people down the stairs into a puddle of mud with the only clothes they own because they lost all their clothes when their house burned down the night before. provides fodder for any of the “comedic” roles.

the one-upper: this person turns everything you just said into dirt because they own, have a friend, or they’ve done something that is better, more expensive, or more well-known than anything you have ever bought, known, or done. they can’t wait until you’re done speaking so that they can “one-up” you. no i’m not talking about the green mushroom in mario brothers that gives you an extra life. but this is the person who after you talk about the new phone you just bought, tells the group that they were considering buying that phone but decided it didn’t have any good features so they went with a better one. and not only that, but they bought it for half the price you bought yours for.

the name/place-dropper: you just ran into who? ursher? are you serious? you just came back from where? the north pole? whoa whoa whoa! this person is kind of like the one-upper. actually, put the name/place-dropper and the one-upper in a conversation together and guarenteed they’ll keep going back and forth the whole conversation. perfect match for the question/information seeker.

the make up my own story in my head person: this person is one of my favorites. this person, when you start telling a story is totally with you and present. somewhere before the end of your story, he or she has completely phased out but in all appearances is paying attention. as soon as you finish the story, this person has somehow replaced the names of all the characters, locations and minor details of the story you just told. so when they try to ask questions about your story, you have no clue what they’re talking about because they’re talking about someone else who did something somewhere else other than what you just said.

the phone answerer: this person will always answer their phone when they’re in a conversation with someone else or with a group of people. this person is usually but not always in a serious relationship and is usually talking to their significant other or else is an extreme workaholic and can’t get away from work. he or she is usually not even seen in the conversation because they aren’t even in the same room. they’re outside talking on the phone. you can always tell the severity of the phone conversation by how long they’re away from the real conversation.

if there are more roles people comment with, i would more than happy to write about those as well.


Written by enoch

July 11, 2008 at 1:37 am

Posted in social observation

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  1. I think that I can be all of the conversations types that you’ve mentioned, but I usually don’t say anything because I’m thinking of saying something clever.

    I think that people think of me as a downer, but it’s usually to correct an over-idealistic or false statement. Sometimes it is unnecessary and I regret it as soon as I say it. Some days I wish I had a more powerful voice.


    July 11, 2008 at 7:31 am

  2. thinky eberrybody can have all types n depends who ur talkin 2 coz each relacionship is diff.n special in its own way.^___^



    July 11, 2008 at 7:25 pm

  3. gibber gabber – one who talks non stop about anything and everything.


    July 14, 2008 at 11:23 pm

  4. =)


    July 14, 2008 at 11:25 pm

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