Celeste Headlee on TED.com’s Ideas blog:
Often subtle and unconscious, it’s the desire to take over a conversation, to do most of the talking, and to turn the focus of the exchange to yourself.
Fascinating read. The bias towards talking about ourselves and the urge to steer conversations towards us is an unconscious and unsuccessful attempt at empathy. I’m guilty as charged and will make a concerted effort to be more conscious of this.
I also really enjoyed Celeste’s insightful talk: 10 Ways to Have Better Conversations.