Do it this way When there comes a quiet moment in the conversation, your next act may reveal something about your personality – The Expert has a tip for anyone who is tempted by silence

When there comes a quiet moment in the conversation, your next act may reveal something about your personality – The Expert has a tip for anyone who is tempted by silence

In the Do It This story series, HS looks for answers to readers ’puzzles. This time we ask how to learn to tolerate quiet moments in a conversation. How could one act in the company of others without the compelling need to start a conversation and keep it going? At the end of the story, you can suggest your own question.

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A quiet moment in a conversation is unbearable for some.­

Elise Mäki

2:00 | Updated 6:20

Discourse slows down. Terribly embarrassing. Now you have to chat even about the weather, this is unbearable!

A quiet moment in the middle of a conversation can feel uncomfortable, and there are several reasons for it, says the University of Tampere’s University of Speech Communication Piia Jokiranta.

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