Guest post by Ray Lardie, see more here: Neo Lyceum
Or, why someone’s desire to talk to you does not override your right not to talk to them.
How many times have we seen this scene in the movies or on television? How many times have we experienced it in our own lives? Person A (frequently but not always a woman) spots Person B approaching and alters course to avoid encountering B. Person B (frequently but not always a man) spots A changing course and moves to catch up, intercepting A and trying to start a conversation. A is visibly uncomfortable and tries to avoid the topic, or says “I don’t want to talk about it”. B continues to insist on having a conversation right then and there. A is depicted as being unreasonable or overemotional (“Calm down, I just want to talk.”) When A tries to leave the area, B steps in A’s path. At this point A often breaks down, and B might manage to get some type of conversation.
Let’s look at what’s wrong with this scenario. [Read more…] about Your Right to Silence