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In conversations, there are often times when a member of the group will consistently divert the conversation back to their own topic (often to do with them). A 'pseudo-conversation' example:

  • Persons 1-3 are talking about A - going back and forth as conversations often do.
  • Person 4 starts talking about B - a topic about them
  • Persons 1-4 talk about B for a bit, and that part of the conversation is largely concluded.
  • Persons 1-4 talk about A again (as it had not concluded) - picking up were they left off.
  • Person 4 starts talking about C - another topic about them, loosely related to topic B

(Note: for these examples, topics A, B and C are not urgent).

Many people seem to do it without realising, some habitually do it - but, it seems commonplace.

The question is, what is the psychology behind the need to be the centre of attention?

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