I’ve made this observation to a few other people, some close friends and others not-as-close coworkers, and we all seem to agree: It seems like the less intelligent (as in slightly below average IQ, not necessarily a “disabled” level) someone is, the more they yammer, and yammer about nothing. Talking constantly, yet never really saying anything of substance, and not getting any hints to just shut up for a while.
I work at an animal shelter full-time and an animal ER part time. At the shelter, there are a few volunteers (a definite minority, thank og) who are there for solely selfish reasons and do nothing but talk and talk and talk at the employees who are trying to work and make good use of our donor’s money. We try to be nice, and end up just having to leave the area and find another place to work so they won’t be “offended” by our asking them to go somewhere else and, you know, pet a cat or something - which is what they’re supposed to be here for.
At the ER, it’s clients. Instead of listening and trying to understand what we’re telling them, whether it’s finance related or pet-health related, they just talk over us and don’t listen to anything. And the talking is not about their pet, or if it is, it’s about stuff that’s not relevant at all to why they’re visiting the ER.
I put this in IMHO because even though there may be a factual answer (which is really what I’m looking for if anyone has it), it can be fun to speculate and share anecdotes, too.
What is the mechanism that seems to cause not-so-smart people to talk, and talk, and talk, without managing to really say anything? Is listening, or just not yapping all the time, truly a skill of average to above average intelligence?
Any experts in psychology or cognition out there who can shed some light?