Carried away by the answer and forget the question!

@besweet (7227)
Greece
September 24, 2012 8:09am CST
Has this ever happened to you? When you try to answer a question with multiple aspects, have you ever noticed that get carried away by your answers and forget the subject of the actualy question? It happens to me sometimes, I start responding and then I want to write more on the subject, but at the end I realise that I haven't responded to the initial question! Sometimes it's already too late and it's difficult to connect those parts of my answer between them, and other times I have to go back and re-write it! But it has also happened to me in conversations where I can't really go back and correct anything! With my friends especially, I understand that I am out of the subject because they look at me wondering where I am going to conclude! :P It's something that I might do when I get distracted or tired though, not all the time.
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@mae_ais (105)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
yeah, i'm w/ you.. i talk too much and sometimes i'm already out of topic.. my friends often says-- WHAT?? PLS CONNECT.. i also try to open/type a topic and i begin to notice that it's all mixed up then I ask my self What was the topic again?lol!
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Sep 12
Haha :) Yeah, that's exactly what's happening to me as well! But at the end I think we give the message that we want, even if we change the subject at some point! Thanks for your comment!
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@dfollin (12747)
• United States
27 Sep 12
I like to talk.And most of my situations in life are complicated. So,if I don't start from the begining then who asked me the question won't get it.If I do start from the begining people get upset with me,including my oldest son, and reply to me,"I don't need to know the whole story." But,then they ask,but why did this happen? Then,I still go back to the begining and tell them.But,now I have told the story backwards.It's kind of like telling the end of the book before they have read it.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
28 Sep 12
Haha:-) I know what you mean! It's better for the others to listen to the main subject first, so you can giv them something like a headline! An then get to the details so if they like the headline then they will listen to the rest of the story with interest! That's actually very common because I think in a similar way when I am a listener! Your story reminded my of my mother, she will start from the details and I am so interested in the main story that I am usually asking her to say what happened first and explain how it happened afterwards!
@deazil (4556)
• United States
26 Sep 12
That's happened to me in speaking with someone. I get carried away by my answer and trying to cover all aspects of the question then I'll stop and say "Um..what was the question?" If it's a friend I'm speaking with they'll just start laughing. But on the rare occasion it's been someone I don't know well they look at me as if I have two heads as they slowly repeat the question. That's embarrassing.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
26 Sep 12
Haha :) With strangers it becomes embarrasing indeed! But usually when I talk to strangers I tend to say less, this is happening rarely! I do it mostly when I feel comfortable and talk about anything that comes in mind! Thanks for your comment! :)
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
26 Sep 12
You're welcome. Fun discussion! Thanks for the comment. I appreciate it!
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@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
well that happened to me a few times. the last one being just a few days ago here in mylot. i was so anxious to respond to a discussion that i ended up saying one thing and the discussion another. i got to the point that i posted my comment. good thing my request for deletion was granted. so i promise to read carefully before jumping into anther discussion. lesson learned.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Sep 12
I've done this as well, once I didn't read the first part of the question well and I ended up writing about something else! Also, it has happened to me to write something relevant to the comments and forget to respond in the top question! :)) It's easy to get carried away and keep writing! Thanks for your comment!
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@bloodmask (590)
• India
2 Oct 12
Yes it happens to me not some times but most times like what when we ask for a answer and if the speaker knows lot about the subject and if that person explains it in best possible way with every detail then I tend to just forget to what I have asked for and what I have received. Some times asking questions are great as we get to know lot more than what we intended.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
7 Oct 12
I love asking questions as well if I like the subject! Sometimes it feels great when the speaker is passionate about the subject and even if that person starts explaining more that required, I might get carried away as well and enjoy the speech! On the other hand, I've heard some speeches where the person tries to explain everything at the same time and doesn't deliver what he/she had in mind, so at the end everyone is confused in the audience.
@STOUTjodee (3460)
• United States
28 Sep 12
Oh, yes this happens to me way too many times. It doesn't help if someone else is in on the conversation that gets side tracked from the subject either. Especially here on mylot, I'll be looking at other comments and think I can relate to that person, then I start typing a response to the original discussion, with the other persons comments I found interesting. I also think we get side tracked because we try and relate a personal experience and we lose our train of thought. I hope I answered the question and didn't get carried away from the question!! I really get off topic when I'm tired!
@besweet (7227)
• Greece
7 Oct 12
Thanks for your comment! I used to write very long answers trying to include everything that I was thinkig in my comments, and I think it was easier for others to follow my thoughts! But now that I am busy and log in here for a few minutes every day, I tend to post short comments and I try to put everything in them! So it might be confusing for others if they can't follow up with what I am trying to say!
@dfollin (12747)
• United States
27 Sep 12
Oh yes that has happened to me many times.Someone ask me something and I'll start to answer and it will go onto another topic.Then,I forgot what we were talking about. This has happened to me many times.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
28 Sep 12
It feels comforting to see that it's not only me but other people have experienced this as well! It' s normal to get distracted sometimes, especially if we feel enthusiastic about the subject, it's easy to talk a lot and forget the details of the question, so the answers takes us aomewhere else without trying! Thanks for ur comment!!:-)