Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Lynn K. Harland
Compulsive talkers have been the focus o f limited communication studies, and those that have been written addressed the need for defining and identifying those considered to be over communicators. To date, no recorded studies has investigated the potentially negative impact compulsive talkers could have on those that work with them. The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions and reactions of interactants with compulsive talkers in the workplace. Interviews with coworkers of compulsive talkers were conducted to determine their perceptions of these over talkers and their attributes. From these interviews, four distinct patterns emerged. Overall, compulsive talkers were perceived negatively by their coworkers, perceived to discuss a variety of topics, ignored most cues to end the conversation, and impacted the‘workplace negatively.
Axsom, Jason R., "Compulsive talkers: Perceptions of over talkers within the workplace" (2006). Student Work. 205.