Awkward silences and breaks in conversation can be anxiety-inducing experiences. Yet these pauses and breaks provide an opportunity for the other person to ask you a question and get to know you better.
Active listening can be important, and it's great to ask questions to learn more about the other person. However, it's also good to embrace the natural lulls of the conversation and give the other person a chance to express their curiosity and learn about you as well.
Elizabeth Stone writes at Digital Romance:
Even if you're excited about a new relationship, pull back a little and let them come to you.
Don't go overboard and start ignoring them, quite the contrary. When it comes to communication, make sure you aren't flooding your beloved's inbox only to receive a trickle in return.
This advice extends beyond just dating and relationships. We often discuss ways to keep conversations going and limit awkward pauses, but there's merit in letting any conversation get quiet from time to time. However, it's not necessary to take this to extremes and get avoidant or completely quiet.
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