I've been mulling this topic over in my mind for the past few weeks. Whenever I have a conversation with a friend or relative I notice a distinct pattern. I sit there listening, while they go on and on about themselves, interjecting very little to the conversation, though sometimes a sentence or two. I ask open ended questions that the other person always has a long winded story for. But I noticed that other people don't tend to ask questions about me. I really don't think many people know much about me, but they are willing to just open up and share all this information about themselves. I often wonder if it is my writer's mind that causes this phenomenon or if people really don't care about gaining information about others and are really that self-absorbed to not care anything about anyone else. I do ask questions that cause longer stories...and my overall demeanor tends to be very open and inviting for people to share their stories with. I also tend to look at everything from an non-emotional, problem-solving, psychology way...which tends to make people even more willing to share things and look for my advice (which I promptly avoid giving them, because that bites me in the butt all the time.) So my question for the board... Do you find yourself talking more or listening more in your general conversations with people in your lives?