Conflict- Conflict has always made me super uncomfortable. It doesn't make a difference if I am involved in the conflict or not- I always get super uncomfortable. It must be the middle child in me :-) I'm a people-pleaser and a peace maker. When people around me are having some sort of conflict, my instinct is to either escape/avoid the situation all together (that whole flight instinct) or to do something to try and make the conflict stop and the people happy or at least peaceful again. I know it's totally not healthy to be uncomfortable with conflict and confrontation, but I just can't seem to lose this habit. I have gotten a little better over the years, especially in work and professional situations, but it is still something I need to work on... or just continue to avoid :-)
Close Talkers- you know who I mean. That person who doesn't get that concept of personal space- especially during conversation. It gives me the creeps just thinking about it.
Oversharing- Over the phone, in person, social media, or in public places- I get really uncomfortable when people overshare personal information. It's a little like the concept of personal space I guess... an oversharer makes me feel like they're somehow invading my personal space. But above all else, often times when people overshare, it makes me feel embarassed for that person. And I hate having to feel embarassed for someone else.
Speaking Spanish- I took Spanish classes all through elementary and high school and then went on to major in Spanish in college. I even studied abroad in Spain and lived with a Spanish speaking family. I think it's pretty safe to say that I was pretty darn close to being fluent. However, I feel like I have "lost" so much of my Spanish, and now I hate that I feel super uncomfortable and unconfident speaking Spanish. I get flustered and embarassed now. I can bust it out when I need it (speaking to students or students' parents, translating a note to send home to parents, eavesdropping on unsuspecting people in public :-), etc.), but it's more effort than it used to be. I think my frustration is mostly just that I realize how rusty I am now compared to where I once was. I notice that my listening and reading skills are still pretty strong- it's just the speaking part where I now get super uncomfortable. I would be so disappointed if I really did "lose" my Spanish, so I really do need to make an effort to practice more often. Too bad those opportunities are few and far between in Australia...
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