How to Talk to Strangers

From Dr. Mercola:

Talking to strangers in the store, in your neighborhood or on your daily commute is often a challenge. Most of us grew up hearing our parents say we shouldn’t speak to strangers. This is an essential part of keeping your children safe, but it tends to isolate us as adults.

Research demonstrates that face-to-face communication integrates non-verbal cues and involves better turn-taking behaviors, pivotal during social interactions. Unfortunately, our digital age isolates people. Even your social media accounts curate information so it doesn’t challenge your world view or expand your horizons.

Self-proclaimed stranger enthusiast and author Kio Stark talks about how this lack of communication between strangers has evolved over time.

In her popular book, “When Strangers Meet: How People You Don’t Know Can Transform You,” she identifies some of the social obstacles around talking to strangers, the benefits and a plan you can use to improve your opportunities.

At Some Point, Everyone Is a Stranger

In this short video, reporter for The Atlantic, Dr. James Hamblin, interviews Stark and demonstrates her techniques for learning how to talk with strangers.

The reality is that at some point or another, everyone is a stranger. It isn’t until you start a conversation and get to know another person that you call them an acquaintance, and still more conversations later before they become a friend.

However, talking to strangers is one of the more important things you can learn to do as an adult.

Talking to strangers builds bridges between ordinary people who may not otherwise forge a connection. People of the opposite gender, different walks of life or different cultures hold a key to opening up to new ideas or making connections with old ones.

As a child you may have been nervous around strangers as they represented a certain degree of danger. But, as an adult, …

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