PROMPT: It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?
Its hard to remember what I usually do. But, I am an introvert and living 23 years on this planet with this deficiency or quality, whatever anyone wants to call it. It does not mean I am scared of strangers. Neither, I am a closed person.
The situation arises a lot of times. Its strange and interesting at the same time as to how I have acted differently at different times but across the same kind of situation. At times, I just look away from the person as if I am not hearing him. At other times, I try to relate to his words and respond to him in a soft manner slowly. However, I don’t remember a time when I made a stranger my best friend. People can call me a closed person in that respect.
To be honest, I am not someone so much qualified that I initiate a conversation and carry it well for the coming 15-30 minutes. I can make up small talks. I realise this as a deficiency and would welcome help or advice from anyone who has something with them to share in this regard.
Views of some other people in this matter: