My tongue is in my hand…

Anthropology

Posted on: February 9, 2008

I’ve always liked people watching.

I remember once when I was little, maybe 7, I was watching two older girls talk and fix their hair in the bathroom. One of them made an irritated comment about people who stare and I realized that was me and I realized I would need to people watch more discreetly.

Social networking sites on the internet make this increasingly easy. I like watching how people present themselves, how they talk, what they talk about, and how it varies depending upon who they are presenting themselves/talking to. I like learning about people’s friends and families, the people that they spend time with (by choice or force).

I like people’s stories and I like collecting the facts from different sources.

When I’m in a new situation I like to watch and take cues from others to help me figure out how to maneuver in the atmosphere. I like to learn from other people.

This is not always good for me. Sometimes, it’s hard to stop being an observer.

Sometimes, it’s hard to keep developing my own story.

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