What do you do when someone interrupts a conversation that you are having?

@cream97 (29178)
United States
May 23, 2008 11:10am CST
People do this to me all the time... Especially my Mother-in-law.. When I am talking, she and others should wait until I am finished. What do you think? Has this ever happened to you with someone?
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13 responses
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
24 May 08
Hi cream97! That is really rude! Guess what? My mil usually do the same thing and when she has the floor she keeps on talking and only paused when she catches her breath or when she will ask for your approval that actually means a nod that says YES from anyone of us. When she does that, I begin to do something and just half listen and most of the time not really hearing any word she says. haha..Actually she is just interested in having you say YES after her long monologue. Take Care and God Bless! Happy Mylotting!
@cream97 (29178)
• United States
24 May 08
Yes, I can admit, that these mil's expect you to listen to everything that you have to say, and not let you get a word in..
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@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
23 May 08
Well, as a rule, it is considered rude to interrupt people while they are talking. When this happens to me, it depends who interrupted me and for what purpose. If it was done without malice and seldom, I'll probably let it go. However, if the person is constantly cutting me off, I will bring it to his attention, and let him know that I do not appreciate what he is doing. I have to admit, that I sometimes do it myself. I get so excited that I will interrupt someone who is talking to say something, but when called on it, I usually apologize. I try to be aware of this bad habit because it can be annoying.
@cream97 (29178)
• United States
24 May 08
Yes if this happens, I will apologize as well.
@dragon54u (29056)
• United States
23 May 08
Yes! I've learned to keep talking as if nothing's been said. The interrupter usually says, excuse me didn't you hear me? I reply that I did but I was in the middle of a sentence and wanted to finish. That usually puts them in their place and they apologize. If not, I'll talk to them about it privately and that will do the trick.
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@xplp211 (257)
• China
23 May 08
Of course. I think everyone has the experience to be interrupted by others. But for me the situation is rare. I hate to be interrupted especially when I am talking something important. But there is really someone who like to do this. For this one, just try to get far away from him so he has no oppotunity to be close to you. But for your situation, I think you should talk to your mother-in-law deeply to let her know your thoughts. If that make no sense, the only thing you can do is to adapt to her habit.
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• India
25 May 08
i think it is really rude and i get very uoset when someone does that. well what i generally do it tell the person, that he or she can see that i am talking can you pleases wait and respect the speaker. thank you. guess when you say it politely it hurts the other people even more.
@excellence7 (3284)
• Mauritius
25 May 08
I don't really like to be interrupted, if its something that occur rarely to me, then, it can be overlooked, yet if it is a consistent thing occurring then, this will hit my nerves :(
• United States
25 May 08
Excuse me, but you are interrupting our conversation. You need to shut up, or go somewhere that tolerates rude people.
@jer31558 (3684)
• United States
24 May 08
I truly doubt that there is anyone it hasn't happened to at some time or another. I generally just say excuse me, but I was talking.
@ayessa (1586)
• Philippines
24 May 08
It also happens to me and I really hate those kind of people. They seem to lack the good morals in them or their parents does not teach them good conduct. What I do when I was being interrupted I always gave the person a bad look. That should be a warning fo him but he still continues on interrupting I ask excuse to whom Im talking to then I automatically confronted the person who interrupted me. I even ask him what's his problem. Before going back I make sure that he'll no longer interrupt me.
@williamjisir (22912)
• China
23 May 08
Hello dear cream. Yes, I think that others are supposed to wait until we are finished with what we are talking about. Sometimes I also have this case happen, but it is not that often. When I am interrupted, I stop talking and let him or her go on in most cases though sometimes I still try to go on .
• Southend-On-Sea, England
23 May 08
I just ignore the person who is interrupting and I will keep on doing it until they get the message that it's very bad manners. People who do it probably haven't been taught that it's very rude - or maybe some of them don't care anyway, or maybe some others think what they have to say is far more important than what the other people are saying.
@sisterjinx (1136)
• United States
23 May 08
Oh how I HATE to be interupted. It is rude and disrespectful no matter who does it. I mean if it is an emergency, by all means interupt me. However short of that it has to be one of my top pet peeves in life.
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
23 May 08
Yes, it happens often. The people who do it don't realize that it's being disrespectful & rude, they only see it as what they have to say is more important. Sometimes I let it slide, and others...I wait until they finish and then say 'as I was saying...' It does make them realize that they cut you off while you were talking, of course there's always those who couldn't get a clue like that. It depends on the situation it's happening in what method I use, and of course, it also depends on WHO is doing it. My theory is if I'm rude back to them, then that makes me just as bad as them, and I'd probably look worse (than the interrupter) to other people around. Kind of one of those 'two wrongs don't make a right' deals imho.