I've noticed a strange thing that happens when I'm talking to several people. Actually, I can only think of three people this happens with (one friend of a friend (female age 41), & two co-workers (male age ~25 & female age ~40)).
I'll be in the middle of speaking and the person will mimic some of my words under their breath while I'm talking. I think it is a little distracting and odd. I wonder is there something going on with these folks? I've been trying to notice when it happens most often. For example does it depend on the topic or their level of interest in what I'm saying? Does it happen more when I take a little longer to state my point and they start anticipating what I'm going to say. Do they do it with others?
It just happened minutes ago with one of these people and my kids were in the room. I guess I've not been wanting to be rude in any way to ask the people if they know they are doing it... especially because it seems pretty benign.
My best friend used to do this when we were kids. He would also weirdly repeat like the 2nd half of his sentence whispering to himself. Being a blunt *** kid I just asked him on the spot right after he did it sometimes but he always deflected my questions or asked what I was talking about. He stopped doing it after a while though. Maybe they think you won't hear and are sort of monitoring their speech habits in their minds and end up mumbling to themselves? I am also curious about this anomaly.
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