How do I know if someone will want to talk to me?

Posted by: alisrowe, February 19, 2018

I sometimes want to interact with someone but I am unsure how to. There are lots of worries that go through my mind any time I am about to initiate an interaction with someone (be it a colleague or even a friend).

‘Working’ interactions

By ‘working’ interactions I mean interactions with colleagues, peers or strangers rather than friends.

These interactions are most difficult when face to face in a public setting and there are lots of other things going on (for example, we’re in a shop, in the office, or in a doctor’s waiting room).

I cannot read a person’s body language to be able to tell if they are going to hear what I say, if they are even going to recognise me (if it’s someone I don’t know/know well), or to work out whether they are busy or not and therefore do they even have time to speak to me, or will I just be disturbing them?

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