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If you had to sum up in one word what it feels like to be interrupted, what would it be?

Why would you describe the experience that way?
In “Hold That Thought! Here’s Why Being Interrupted Is So Irritating.” Jancee Dunn writes about why we become so mad and what to do about it:
My parents have been married for 60 years. At this point, they’ve worked out most of their issues. But if my father interrupts my mother, her eyes grow unnaturally bright, and she rises up like a cobra. That’s a sign that she is about to detonate — and our family knows to scatter.
Why is it so annoying when people interrupt? For many of us, it can feel diminishing and condescending, said Maria Venetis, an associate professor of communication at Rutgers University. Sometimes it’s even “enraging,” she added, “because it suggests that my ideas or my participation aren’t valid.”
This feeling is especially familiar to those who experience it more regularly, such as women, who are more frequently interrupted by men.
Interrupters often have more “achieved or ascribed power” and are used to having people quiet down when they want to speak, said Alexandra Solomon, a psychologist at the Family Institute at Northwestern University and the author of “Love Every Day.”
How can you manage interruptions? Experts gave some tips, including speaking up:
Weigh your options, said Elaine Swann, an etiquette expert and the author of “Let Crazy Be Crazy.” Ask yourself whether you should speak up or let the interruption slide, she said. If you decide to cut in, Swann suggested “lifting your hand up ever so slightly and saying, ‘Hold on, I’d like to finish my thought.’” You can also consider having a conversation with someone who interrupts you a lot:
Explore the root cause of the problem, Dr. Solomon said. Ask each other questions like: How would you describe our conversation patterns? How did people have discussions in your family growing up? How do you feel when you’re interrupted?
And, if you’re the interrupter, examine your behaviors: Watch your listener for cues, Dr. Solomon said. Does the person look impatient or disengaged? If you read a transcript of the conversation, she said, are the two of you speaking for roughly the same amount of time?
That’s what you should aim for, Dr. Solomon said. “We tend to want our conversations to feel like a tennis game, with a lot of back and forth,” she said.
My students, read the entire article and then respond to the following: Ms. Dunn gives several reasons that being interrupted can feel so irritating. Which ones resonate with you and why? How do you typically react when you’re interrupted? Do you speak up? Do you explode in anger and do you let your anger speak out for you? Do you become annoyed and disengage from the conversation? Is this a behavior you’d like to change?
What strategies, if any, have you used to deal with interruptions and make sure you’re heard? Which of the suggestions from the article might you like to try? Do you tend to interrupt others when they're right in the middle of a conversation? Why do you think that is? How can you make sure your conversations are more equal? To what extent do you think identity plays a role in who interrupts and who is interrupted? Ms. Dunn says that women are interrupted more by men and that interrupters are more likely to be people with power. Is this true in your experience? Why do you think that is? How does it make you feel? Is interrupting always rude? In this guest essay from 2021, a linguistics professor argues that sometimes it’s acceptable. What do you think? Are there some cases when it’s OK to interject? If so, when, and why? As a person who loves to talk I completely understand interjecting thoughts into a conversation, however, when this is done in a condescending manner it is highly frustrating. Typically when I am interrupted I respond by continuing my thought in the same tone I started it with. Many forget that a conversation is like a four way intersection, all cars have to be patient and wait their turn to go while looking out and paying attention to the traffic in front of them. When this is not done it causes accidents, clogged intersections, and many more frustrating events, which are similar to the effect of being interrupted. The words from one's phrase crashing into the words of another person's statements not only results in confusion but also irritation. Being passionate about an opinion or a conversation is completely fine, but this does not give the right to silence or dismiss another person's thoughts on the topic. Making someone feel dismissed or as if their ideas lack importance does not further the conversation, it ends it. Oftentimes people are not listening to hear and comprehend what is being said to them, they are listening to respond. This is why I continue to say my statements when I am interrupted as a way to validate my opinions and offer a chance for those who are listening and not just responding to hear.
If I had to describe the emotion that I get when I'm interrupted it would be dismayed. This is because when conversing people are trying to convey ideas which they believe are important enough to express. But upon being stopped or interrupted before or during a conversation, it hurts you emotionally because what you were trying to convey is being overshadowed. This can often lead to people who are interrupted assuming people don't want or care about what they have to say. It's as if something you prepared to give to someone was destroyed and replaced by someone else's item. This is made even worse when what is replacing what you want to say is objectively a worse idea, or the exact same idea, robbing you of the credit for coming up with the same idea. Overall I would say that being interrupted give off the emotion of dismay, due to the disappointment and anger someone can gather from such interactions. I tend to get interrupted a lot in my family, especially by my parents and brother. My sister is very careful to not interrupt anyone, because she and I get interrupted the most, so we’re both considerate of when the other is speaking. Usually, I let the person continue talking and drop what I was saying, because it isn’t worth the argument. My parents tended to just roll their eyes at me when I said they interrupted and sarcastically tell me to finish my comment, and my brother makes it into a joke where I’m being “too sensitive” and continues talking. However, I’ve been calling them out on it much more frequently and loudly, especially in larger groups of people. Just a few weeks ago, after being interrupted twice in the span of a few minutes, I told my parents that I’ve been talked over a lot recently and that they needed to stop. When they tried to make excuses, I continued to tell them that I deserved to be treated with more respect than that and if they didn’t stop, I was going to leave the conversation whenever they interrupted me. This strategy has lessened some of the interruptions, and I feel like I’m being heard much more than before. A reason Ms. Dunn gave as to why people get irritated when being interrupted is because it can be diminishing or condescending, this reason resonates with me the most. This is because when I get interrupted, I feel insulted in a way, like what I was saying was so insignificant they either did not even acknowledge me talking, or they just thought it was irrelevant so they started talking over me. When I am interrupted, I typically react by getting angry and speaking up. Depending on the person who interrupted, I usually always get mad, but I only speak up when the person interrupting is not a teacher or adult, because if they are a child like I am, they do not need to be interrupting me if it is something not important. This behavior is something I do not want to change. This is because I feel that I should not allow people to interrupt me. After all, this could lead to me being interrupted constantly. The main strategy I use when I am interrupted is usually to make it known that I was speaking. Usually this can sound sort of disrespectful, but the fact that I was interrupted makes me feel it is justified. The strategy I could grasp is not being as rude, and rather trying and slight myself back into the conversation, interrupting the interruption saying how I was interrupted. I do not think that I interrupt people, as I tend to mainly just listen and try to find the moment where I can talk. I ensure that I listen to them stop before I begin talking so as to not interrupt them nor to cut them short in any given discussion. The reason that interrupting is so irritating that I resonate with the most would certainly be that it makes me feel like my ideas and my participation isn’t valid. I used to be a much quieter person than I am now, so I always tried to have good ideas and good points to contribute to a conversation to make what I said matter, but when I get interrupted, all of that goes out the window. It’s as if my preparation, my thoughts, and the time I spent having this conversation is all wasted. When I get interrupted, I usually get frustrated, but I try not to outwardly show this so as to not seem emotional. Then, when the interrupter is done, I give a passive-aggressive remark like “As I was saying…” before continuing with my train of thought. I wish I was more outspoken when I first got interrupted, however. I do believe that identity can play a role in who interrupts and who gets interrupted. Some men inherently feel the need to speak over women, even if the woman presents a good point, but this still is not always true. I believe that those who actually interrupt others regularly do not do so out of contempt or ill-thoughts of the other party, but rather out of a carelessness for others and an egocentric worldview. In my experience, I am not more likely to be interrupted by a man than a woman. Typically, my friends, sister, and even random strangers (who are all girls), feel the need to interrupt me in order to show that they’re better or that their ideas are more important. When i'm speaking to someone I need to train my word because i would lose my train of thought when I get side track. The feeling of getting interrupted is an annoying thing cause when you speak you want people full attention towards me when I'm talking to someone cause when you get interrupted the person feel like no one is listening to you and when the person that interrupted you gets everyone attention that make me more angry cause when i was talking they weren't interest enough in you word that they I don't care if you get interrupted. The other that gets on my nerves is when they interrupt you to tell the group something it is usually something that could have waited until I was done or at a stopping point like they said something to make a joke or try to finish my sentences and that only gets on my nerves like let me finish don't guess just wait It's like they want you to get done with your sentence and that feel like they don't even care about the way you feel. The way I feel if someone interrupted me would be anger and annoyances. If I had to sum it up in one word, the feeling of being interrupted is annoying. In my opinion, interrupting people, whether that be in conversation or while doing a task, is completely rude and disrespectful. If you're anything like me, you likely understand how hard it is to resume focus and continue the thought that was flowing in that moment. With this, one can see how much of an inconvenience interruptions can be. My entire train of thought was stopped because of what? One's impatience? Nonetheless, things like interruptions are inevitable within life. It is bound to happen that you will come across people throughout life of different backgrounds and morals, and things like interrupting others is normal for them. Coming from one who is not confrontational, I simply allow that person to carry one with their behavior. The older I get, I realize that everything is not going to go in my favor and that many people do not mean any harm. So although being interrupted boils my blood on the inside, I rarely show my irritation on the outside.

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