THE CU­RI­OUS COUSIN

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Relationships -

Fam­ily mem­bers of­ten know way more about us than what feels com­fort­able, and you may have one rel­a­tive in par­tic­u­lar who is more pry­ing than oth­ers. When some­one asks too many per­sonal ques­tions, keep in mind that they are likely to be gen­uinely in­ter­ested in you and your life. “They are try­ing to fit in and find a way to con­nect with you,” says Sofin.

The Game Plan

“If you don’t want to share a whole lot about your life, try to be as vague as pos­si­ble,” says Whit­more. “Make a joke or turn the ques­tion around with an­other ques­tion, de­pend­ing on what is asked.”

To change the sub­ject, Whit­more rec­om­mends prepar­ing three top­ics of con­ver­sa­tion that usu­ally go over well dur­ing the hol­i­days: your favourite fam­ily mem­ory, travel and food. “Ev­ery­body can re­late to food and travel, but if you re­ally want to stim­u­late a lively discussion, go around the ta­ble and share your fond­est or fun­ni­est fam­ily mem­ory.”

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