We Enjoy Deep Conversations With Strangers Much More Than We Expect To

Sometimes the most meaningful conversations come at surprising times: with someone you meet on a train and never see again, or with a friend of a friend who you’ve only just met. Conversely, conversations with our closest friends and family can often be difficult, and we sometimes fail to share our deepest thoughts and feelings with those we love the most. A new paper, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, finds that we seriously benefit from these deep conversations with strangers. But, despite this, we sometimes remain reluctant to engage in them, overestimating their awkwardness and underplaying their advantages even when we enjoy them more. Continue reading →

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