Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were talking too fast? Are there times when you speak so fast that you have to give yourself a moment to take a breather? Being a fast talker can be a tough experience, as others might find it hard to understand your thoughts. This article explores the psychological reasons why some people might be talking faster than others.
A few reasons why some people talk fast are discussed below:
You may have noticed that you start talking faster when you are asked to speak in front of a group or a crowd. For example, Giving a presentation in your office. This might be because you are under pressure. When people are nervous, vulnerable, or anxious, they are more likely to speak faster than usual. This could be because they are afraid of being judged by others. Another reason we may speak quickly during presentations is to ‘get through’ the nerve-racking experience as soon as possible.
We tend to talk fast when we are happy, excited, passionate about something, or want to share good news. This might be because we are overwhelmed with positive feelings and just cannot wait to share them with the people around us.
People tend to naturally talk faster when they are in anger or rage. This is because anger generally interferes with our ability to think rationally. It also creates an urgency to get all our emotions out, making it difficult for us to take a pause.
This might sound surprising, but fast talking might have its roots in childhood experiences. If someone grows up in a family with many members, talking fast may be the only way to get attention or feel heard. Some children might learn to speak fast if they have to struggle to get their point across due to high competition for attention in school.
Fear of Interruption
Some people speak rapidly because they fear being interrupted or not being able to get their point across. Speaking quickly can be a way of ensuring that they are heard and do not get cut off in between their speech.
Speed of Thoughts
Some people tend to have a lot of thoughts at the same time. In keeping with the pace of their thoughts, they end up speaking faster. They might speak before they think, making it difficult for them to filter their thoughts. It is an overwhelming experience to juggle with multiple thoughts at a time.
Sometimes fast-talking can be a sign of an undiagnosed mental health condition. Conditions such as psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and anxiety disorders are all associated with an increased rate of speaking.
How to slow down while speaking?
Fast-talking can really hinder our ability to communicate effectively with people; hence, it is important to regulate our speech rate. Here are a few tips for doing the same:
- Start becoming aware of your speech rate by monitoring it
- Mindfully start taking pauses as you speak
- Ask the listeners to give you a reminder when they see you speaking quickly
- Check in with the listener to see if they got your point so far, and take a pause to summarize\
It is important to note that variations in speech are absolutely normal, and fast speaking may not always be a result of any underlying psychological condition. If you identify that you are a fast talker, it is possible to work on it through practice and self-awareness.
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