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Are You Invisible?

Invisible Man

Invisible Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

conversation between peers

conversation between peers (Photo credit: windsordi)

When you lack recognition for who you are and what you do, what happens?  Do you just fade into the woodwork?  Have you ever observed an interaction that you were involved in or thought you were involved in and found out that the other people were not looking to you for your observations on the conversation topic?  Or worse yet, have you observed that when you made a contribution to the conversation, that you were ignored or that someone else interrupted you and changed the subject and took over the conversation as if you really weren’t there?

People do this without thinking and often have not been aware of what they were doing.  You can help the situation by making eye contact with the participants and calling them out for what they are doing.  For some people it seems natural to monopolize the conversation and as long as they are getting their point across, they are not especially interested in what other people say or even notice that they are waiting for an opportunity to speak their piece.

You can win any competition, make the team, get an award, or land a special role in an artistic or musical production and  if no one acknowledges it by coming to the game, the award presentation, the graduation,  play, musical production, etc., it loses some of its luster if it has any left at all.  The more removed the spouse or the family is from what a person does to get an honor, the less chance that person has to feel successful in the endeavor and maybe the less motivated they are to continue to work at it.

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