Having a conversation with someone can be a daunting task, especially if you're living with social anxiety disorder (SAD) or tend to be more introverted. It's important to remember that small talk topics are good for starting conversations between people who don't know each other well. However, it's also important to be aware of topics that may be offensive, uncomfortable, or inappropriate. When you find yourself in an awkward conversation, it's important to remember that it's okay to take a step back and take a breath.
It's also important to remember that conversations can quickly turn hostile rather than friendly. That's why it's important to approach conversations with kindness and empathy. A great way to do this is by asking yourself “what if it were your daughter, your wife or your sister?” This can help you explore the topic in a more understanding way. It's also important to remember that it's okay to take a break from the conversation if it becomes too intense.
Taking a break can help you reset and come back to the conversation with a clear head.