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Remove yourself from the conversation



How long can you go without talking about yourself?

To find out, play this conversation game with one or more of your friends.

Instructions:

1. Think of a subject you and your partner(s) can talk about. Consider controversial topics like the economy, homelessness, religion, terrorism, etc.

2. Have a 2-way conversation that makes sense.

3. In your conversation, you cannot use any of these 1st-person pronouns:

I
Me
My
Mine
Myself
We
Us
Our
Ours
Ourselves

4 You cannot pause more than 4 seconds between the time when one person finishes saying something and the next person responds.

5 You must say at least 4 words when it is your turn.

6. You may not ask questions of each other.

Good luck!

Things to think about:

How long were you able to continue the conversation?
How much longer could you have continued if you were able to use the personal pronouns?
How does the use of personal pronouns affect the communication between two people?
Based on your conversation, what generalizations can you make about how people communicate with each other?

**related: Start a conversation

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