People who know me in the real world know that I have trouble keeping my mouth shut. Is that good? Or is it bad? Does it drive people crazy if they can't get a word in edgeways or do they enjoy inviting me to social groups because they know that I'll fill those awkward silences?
But are there times when I need to remain silent?
"Silence is the most powerful scream." Unknown
I have trouble thinking of an appropriate time when silence is, indeed, the most powerful scream. It's certainly not the case if you're being bullied or abused. Silence suggests consent. No one cares, no one notices, until you shout out loud and even then they might not really care.
So when is it best to keep silent?
- When someone else is talking, when they need to be heard, of course!
- If it would cause others pain or embarrassment by disclosing a secret, that's also a time to keep silent.
But when else is it best to say nothing? When do you think silence is the most powerful scream?