Knowing When To Shut Up

I love charts and their ability to translate concepts into simple graphical representation.  This one is perfect.
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Information reduces confusion to an optimal minimum where then additional information only adds to the confusion.

I’ve got to keep this one in mind. The glazed-out look I’m getting from some of the people I’ve been speaking to lately has me thinking I’m taking them passed that optimal point way too often.  Got to learn to shut up at the appropriate time.

Not easy.

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13 thoughts on “Knowing When To Shut Up

  1. So you are saying that being black and knowing that I am black reduces the confusion (not being understood as an equal or at same level regardless of my differences) and prejudism that I have felt all my life by others that do not accept me or understand me?

  2. @Angry

    Nope, not saying that at all. The graph simply points out that for many, information overload can have an adverse effect in terms of understanding an issue. That’s all.

  3. “I’ve got to keep this one in mind. The glazed-out look I’m getting from some of the people I’ve been speaking to lately has me thinking I’m taking them passed that optimal point way too often. Got to learn to shut up at the appropriate time.”

    If I am correct, you are talking about the Peters Principle and that it is your perception that the people you are dealing with have reached their level of incompatibility?

  4. @Maria Sofia Belgara @mario piperni
    “graph simply points out that for many, information overload can have an adverse effect in terms of understanding an issue. That’s all.”

    So then with this statement I understand also that they have reached their level of incompatibility. I agree with you Maria.

  5. @mario piperni If it is “not easy” to converse or deal with people below your intellectual capacity and you are always at a level above them, they have reached their level of incompatibility, then so have you because you are no longer compatible with them.

    Just a thought.

  6. @Angry

    Your anger is clouding your thinking. You’re taking a simple concept and turning it into…well, I don’t know what you’re trying to turn it into. This has nothing to do with “intellectual capacity”.

    Let me try to explain it to you one last time. There comes a time in debate or conversation when one has made his point. He says what he needs to say by adding information as a means of making his thoughts on an issue understood. The goal is to remove any confusion as to the idea he is trying to convey. It is here that he should now keep quiet for he risks adding confusion to the discussion or issue at hand by providing more information than is necessary.

    I could give you a number of examples but I won’t. Don’t want to confuse you further.

  7. Knock yourself out and give me the examples knowing that I am not angry.

    I will not be confused and besides you will not be able to ascertain whether or not I have that “glazed-out look” so you would not have to stop.

  8. Hi Mario,
    ABM and possibly Maria have reached the point where any further information from you will only confuse them further. A corollary to your thesis is, that after a point you realize that injecting more information will only get the anger to go up rapidly. So you stop before hitting the knee of the Hockey Stick curve of anger v/s information.
    So it is good you have decided to hold your peace.

  9. I don’t think this is an intellectual capability or compatability issue at all. It has to do with, among other things, a) whether the person receiving TMI has a vested interest in the issue, b) whether said TMI is technical jargon that is unfamiliar to the listener, and c)whether said TMI has conflicting aspects. The more one talks about something, the more likely that conflicting or apparently conflicting information will be introduced into the discussion. This often occurs when the person on the receiving end asks questions that have the potential to cause tangents in the discussion, or when the speaker simply misspeaks.

  10. Maybe the whole point of the chart is to show the form of a smile on a human mouth. The point at which one just smiles (and possibly nods head) in place of actually listening to the blabber mouth with TMI and an inability to shut up. This is me, smiling.

  11. Simply put, no human wants to hear more than they want to hear. “Selective listening”. When we push them past their willingness to listen…one end of the communication line breaks down. For example, ABM, a radio. if the sound stops happening, the radio can’t broadcast it. If the radio breaks down, the sound may as well stop being tuned into the radio. It takes both a sender and a receiver. If either stops being there, communication stops. When we stop listening, the other may as well stop talking! Hope this helps!

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