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What does it mean when someone has an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories?

 
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What does it mean when someone has an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories?
When at gatherings, someone I know, has the need to always tell a story. Like a kid, hearing a clue or key word, he'd jump in and starts telling a story about something that is related, even if barely related. Most stories are OK, sometimes just about mandane things (like his recent operation). He'll get this mysterious smile on his face as though telling 'guess what I am about to tell you'....

I've heard the same stories over and over (we are close), and it's always told the same way, with the same pauses and intonations...person thinks he is really entertaining everyone. Sometimes he'd throw in a new twist to get story sounding more 'entertaining'...
And he hates to be interrupted as though he doesn't want his story structure and flow be reshuffled....
The person acts like a 12 years old (want to impress everyone), but he is almost 50.
What would prompt someone to be like this? Any opinions?
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attention whore
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attention whore
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 539210

aka an insecure narcissistic who thinks it's all about him and his specialness? Just sayin'.
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verbal dihorea.
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borderline personality?
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When at gatherings, someone I know, has the need to always tell a story. Like a kid, hearing a clue or key word, he'd jump in and starts telling a story about something that is related, even if barely related. Most stories are OK, sometimes just about mandane things (like his recent operation). He'll get this mysterious smile on his face as though telling 'guess what I am about to tell you'....

I've heard the same stories over and over (we are close), and it's always told the same way, with the same pauses and intonations...person thinks he is really entertaining everyone. Sometimes he'd throw in a new twist to get story sounding more 'entertaining'...
And he hates to be interrupted as though he doesn't want his story structure and flow be reshuffled....
The person acts like a 12 years old (want to impress everyone), but he is almost 50.
What would prompt someone to be like this? Any opinions?
 Quoting: ANOMALIA

It means he is Italian.
"From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17
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Re: What does it mean when someone has an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories?
put the question to him

perhaps he will learn something about himself when he thinks about your question and you will have done him a service

if you don't ask him he is obviously going to keep talking
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Re: What does it mean when someone has an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories?
Everyone has that to a certain degree.

All humans see theirselves as the center, and they are right.
But some forget others are also in the center.

He probably really believes that you want to hear the stories....he can't help it.
People get so much confirmation that they and the story about them is important.

We all believe in the story to a certain amount, some get lost...same disease tho.

If you don't tell stories because you are modest, you fell for the modest fantasy.
Same thing again.
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Narcissistic personality
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I just can't help to get annoyed. Maybe there are different personalities out there. Maybe he is insecure... I sort of tend to gravitate to men who have self-assurance about them, leaders, who tell things only when they need, not to impress others like some annoying cacadoo...
But I can't really say anything, because it seems that this is this person's core...If he hasn't got it by his 50s, he'll probably never get it.
And he is not a good listener either... It's like when you tell him something sad, he can't wait for you to finish so he could tell a similar story skipping the compassion part...
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you call them mother inlaw
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I just can't help to get annoyed. Maybe there are different personalities out there. Maybe he is insecure... I sort of tend to gravitate to men who have self-assurance about them, leaders, who tell things only when they need, not to impress others like some annoying cacadoo...
But I can't really say anything, because it seems that this is this person's core...If he hasn't got it by his 50s, he'll probably never get it.
And he is not a good listener either... It's like when you tell him something sad, he can't wait for you to finish so he could tell a similar story skipping the compassion part...
 Quoting: ANOMALIA

this is what a friend of mine said about personalities like that: they need to talk because no one listens to them. I have time, I can't give a lot but I can give my time. So I listen for a few minutes, what is that to me? And I don't have so much to say that I need to get it out that moment anyhow.

She is a wonderful friend and a wise woman and I have tried to adopt that attitude ever since.
"From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17
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I call them "overtalkers". Some people talk constantly.

I had an uncle who would keep talking even if you walked out of the room. I had a "friend" who would keep talking even if I set down the phone, went to get the mail, talked to my kids, and when I would come back, she was still talking and never even noticed that my ear was gone! People would literally hide from her in a store, if they saw her.

I never figured out why some people are overtalkers. Is it a psychological illness?

If anyone here is an overtalker, why do you do it?
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lol...must be a Gemini
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I call them "overtalkers". Some people talk constantly.

I had an uncle who would keep talking even if you walked out of the room. I had a "friend" who would keep talking even if I set down the phone, went to get the mail, talked to my kids, and when I would come back, she was still talking and never even noticed that my ear was gone! People would literally hide from her in a store, if they saw her.

I never figured out why some people are overtalkers. Is it a psychological illness?

If anyone here is an overtalker, why do you do it?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 566284

that is a great description! It brought to mind someone I knew. She would talk talk talk talk, you could put the phone down and mow the lawn and she would still be talking when you got back. LOL, I had forgotten about her.
"From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17
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In high school I was pretty much that way, my buddies called me Cliff, after Cliff Claven of Cheers.
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lol...must be a Gemini
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ha ha, that's what I was thinking.
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Re: What does it mean when someone has an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories?
Why is it that people want to tell their stories, but don't want to hear of similar stories? What are those people supposed to do.....just 'Yup' you to death?
I'm not a heavy talker, but I may chime in..I think they call it conversation. Just sayin.....
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Nutbag =)~
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Re: What does it mean when someone has an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories?
The best self development facilitators are the best story tellers.

What did you learn about yourself OP?

Are you insatiable?

When we are healed and whole we are not triggered by the being of others.

Perhaps your soul is asking you to integrate 'patience of a saint' or 'unconditional love' ?

Only you know what you learned from the experience.

Look within and then you will know what your soul is wishing for you integrate.

Love beyond measure

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Why is it that people want to tell their stories, but don't want to hear of similar stories? What are those people supposed to do.....just 'Yup' you to death?
I'm not a heavy talker, but I may chime in..I think they call it conversation. Just sayin.....
 Quoting: S2Padaso 544359



The point was, the person doesn't seem to relate to people on human level. It's like stories are the mask, he doesn't seem to connect to person's pain or struggle, etc...sometimes. It's more about a show.
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The best self development facilitators are the best story tellers.

What did you learn about yourself OP?

Are you insatiable?

When we are healed and whole we are not triggered by the being of others.

Perhaps your soul is asking you to integrate 'patience of a saint' or 'unconditional love' ?

Only you know what you learned from the experience.

Look within and then you will know what your soul is wishing for you integrate.

Love beyond measure

Lotus
 Quoting: Lotus Feet


Lotus,
I learned that I am easily annoyed by surface talk.
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do you work with this person?
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Why is it that people want to tell their stories, but don't want to hear of similar stories? What are those people supposed to do.....just 'Yup' you to death?
I'm not a heavy talker, but I may chime in..I think they call it conversation. Just sayin.....



The point was, the person doesn't seem to relate to people on human level. It's like stories are the mask, he doesn't seem to connect to person's pain or struggle, etc...sometimes. It's more about a show.
 Quoting: ANOMALIA



I see what you mean. Sometimes, I do feel like people "have a bigger and better" story. I have a hard time relating to people like that, and usually opt out of the relationship/friendship.
I hardly ever explain the reasons why, because sometimes I just don't express myself very well....without making the person feel unvalued. They are usually the defensive type.
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Re: What does it mean when someone has an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories?
Perhaps this person's life is so uneventful or stagnant, (by choice or circumstance), for so long that they've adapted by repeating or repackaging old news to any and all who'll listen. Sounds like they're hungry for attention, and deeper yet, something to fill the void.
Maybe you could be one who helps, whatever way you choose that to be.

My old man yells at me 'You should listen to my 51 years of experience!', but really it's one year of experience, repeated 51 times.
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I think I am realizing that this person remind me of ME in my teens through 20s....
I used to have a need to always tell jokes, stories, trying to be the best and the funniest. I believe it came from my need to be liked, and from fear of people and people's reactions. I was insecure then. It was always surface, I didn't dig deep. I'd bounce serious issues with jokes/stories, never really feeling them deep through...Maybe because I couldn't deal with the issues...I don't know.
Then life threw me around quite a lot since then, and I just didn't have any more energy to extend on constant CHAT BRAT sessions...

I was exactly like this person, but he is in his late 40s'-50s.
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When at gatherings, someone I know, has the need to always tell a story. Like a kid, hearing a clue or key word, he'd jump in and starts telling a story about something that is related, even if barely related. Most stories are OK, sometimes just about mandane things (like his recent operation). He'll get this mysterious smile on his face as though telling 'guess what I am about to tell you'....

I've heard the same stories over and over (we are close), and it's always told the same way, with the same pauses and intonations...person thinks he is really entertaining everyone. Sometimes he'd throw in a new twist to get story sounding more 'entertaining'...
And he hates to be interrupted as though he doesn't want his story structure and flow be reshuffled....
The person acts like a 12 years old (want to impress everyone), but he is almost 50.
What would prompt someone to be like this? Any opinions?

It means he is Italian.
 Quoting: Dread Pirate Roberts



LOL! I have a friend that does that (however his stories are fascinating) but he's GREEK!
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Re: What does it mean when someone has an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories?
The more they talk, the dumber they are

The ONLY way you learn is by listening (ears) or reading (eyes). While they talk they learn NOTHING.

Why do you think we were given 2 ears, 2 eyes, and only one mouth
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Re: What does it mean when someone has an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories?
It means that they have an insatiable need to TALK and TELL stories. Way to over-analyze!
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The more they talk, the dumber they are

The ONLY way you learn is by listening (ears) or reading (eyes). While they talk they learn NOTHING.

Why do you think we were given 2 ears, 2 eyes, and only one mouth
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They can only talk, when you provide the silence for his words, no one would talk when no one listnens.

It's like blaming the sun it burned your skin.

Everything you experience, is made possible by you only.

And the more you irritate, the more you hate them for pretending to be bigger then you.

If you understand, it wouldn't upset you.
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attention whore
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