Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Michael Hilt

Second Advisor

Shereen Bingham

Third Advisor

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.


A Thesis Presented to the School of Communication And the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree Masters of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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