Too Hard Basket: How do I contend with a friend who has a case of verbal diarrhoea? – Life Matters

You have a friend who is excessively garrulous, talking literally non-stop about matters pertaining solely to herself and her family, but your social group enjoys stimulating conversations about matters of national and international interest rather than petty personal trivialities.

How do you kindly, and without causing hurt feelings, encourage her to be concise when she has something to say, and to desist from what is essentially ‘verbal diarrhoea’?

She is a kind, generous and likeable person but her constant inconsequential chatter is extremely annoying and frustrating.


Anna Achia, founder Anna’s Go Go Academy

Rohan Barwick, presenter ABC Alice Springs

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