I'm pretty sure that everyone has experienced a close talker in their lifetime. You know, those people who just can't get their face out of yours during a conversation?
We had a man come to our house recently to talk about lawn treatments and he was one of those. We started our conversation in the backyard by our house and I swear to you, by the end of it we were in the middle of the lawn because I was forced to keep backing up.
When I was younger, I knew a girl who couldn't talk to you unless her face was a foot or less away from yours. So what's up with people who do this? I was curious so I did a bit of research.
It turns out that there is a bit of science behind the people known as "close talkers". Apparently people do this because there is some sort of damage to the part of the brain that triggers feelings of fear and anger. A person with this particular form of brain damage is generally not as distrusting as most of us, so they don't feel the uncomfortableness of communicating with someone inside their personal space. They are generally very trusting people who have trouble noticing any discomfort or fear in another person's facial expressions or actions.
Whew, how's that for sounding smart?
So what are you supposed to do when you're personal space is invaded by a close talker? I've come up with some simple solutions, so you'll never have to worry about your space being compromised again!
1) Become a hand talker. Flail your arms around as you speak. If the close talker just happens to get hit in the process, they'll back up a little to avoid your uncontrollable hand movements.
2) Turn into a mouth breather. No one likes a mouth breather.
3) Eat some spicy food with either garlic or onions before your encounter. Guaranteed to ward off close talkers.
4) Talk LOUDLY. Unless your close talker is hard of hearing, he'll want to move away simply to stop the screaming in his ears.
5) Pretend you have a cold. Cough, sneeze, and blow your nose right in that close talker's face! It will buy you at least 2 extra feet.
Follow my simple steps and you'll rid yourself of those awkward conversations in no time!
Do you get uncomfortable when people intrude on your personal space?