University research has revealed exactly what makes people boring, says an expert.
“We’re all boring at one time or another, although some people are so chronically boring they’re held back socially and in their careers – but sadly, they don’t know why,” said Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an internationally recognized authority on behavioral sciences.
He cited a series of Wake Forest University studies in which 297 students were asked to rate 43 boring behaviors.
They found that boring people tened to talk less, respond often with “uh-huh” and “really,” ask more questions, make few statements of fact and reveal little about themselves.
The studies revealed the nine behaviors most likely to make you a bore:
1. Complaining about your own problems – health, finances, relationships, job, etc. – and not being interested in those of others.
2. Talking constantly about trivial things, always including unimportant details and repeating the same tired jokes.
3. Showing no emotions, failing to make eye contact and talking in a monotone.
4. Seriousness. If you never smile, joke or make light of things, you’re boring.
5. Tediousness. People will find you boring if you talk too slowly or take too long to respond or make a point.
6. Low participation. You’re a bore if you never join in a conversation and always go along passively with whatever is being said.
7. Distracting behavior. If you get excited too easily or tend to use a lot of slang such as “Hey, man” or “You know,” you’re a bore.
8. Self-centeredness – continually talking about your own life, experiences and interests.
9. Trying very hard to be nice and make a good impression in order to gain approval is boring.

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