I admit, people interrupting other people who are trying to speak, drives me crazy. As you might imagine, sometimes I find it difficult to engage in conversation with some people. Simply put, I can't get a word in edgewise. I won't interrupt them, and they won't shut up. It got so bad during a graduate seminar (I was the only y chromosome in the room) that I waited until someone asked me what I thought or alternatively I raised my hand like was in grade school.
I'm willing to own this little quirk (which I tend to think of as a courtesy), and understand that it tends to decrease my level of communication in certain situations. There is a function of this interrupting tendency which I find particularly annoying and egregious. Some people use this tactic to run over, or dominate people or opinions they don't agree with or care for.
I found a good example of this today online and want to see if your opinion agrees with mine. I think Joe Scarborough is bound and determined to quash Katrina Vanden Heuvel's opinion and to make sure she doesn't get to make her points. Joe tends to do this more with women than men, but he does it all too often. Watch how whatever point she is trying to make is interrupted, shifted, and then abandoned.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036789/ns/msnbc_tv-morning_joe#36015315
After watching something like this, I want to wrap Joe's mouth with duct tape (or just punch his lights out). We never really get to hear what she has to say. Anyone else have this reaction?