Compulsive talking appears to be linked with the inability to manage social anxiety. Whether the anxiety is brought about from the uncomfortability of the interaction or from the avoidance of deep seated feelings within the individual.
People who score beyond two standard deviations above the mean on the
scale are labeled as “talkaholics,”
as cited by James C. McCroskey & Virginia P. Richmond
The most common and basic cause of any compulsive behavior is anxiety.
A person engages in compulsive behavior not because he particularly
wants to, but because he’s so anxious that he has to do something to
get his mind off that anxiety. Until the compulsive talker comes to
grips with whatever he or she doesn’t want to think about, the talking
The root of this anxiety varies from individual to individual. But it
often stems from deep-seated emotions of insecurity and
For the compulsive talker, silence and reflection are simply
unacceptable. A pause in conversation is an emotional abyss into which
they simply cannot help but throw themselves.
written by Dr Hurd
Compulsive talking could be confused with Pressure of Speech. Which can be associated with mania and attention deficit disorder. Pressured speech is marked by speaking rapidly, with a sense of urgency and, frequently, with no social awareness.
Logorrhea is another condition, which causes the person to talk endlessly, but, usually, in an incoherent, rambling fashion.
Identifying compulsive communicators: The talkaholic scale
James C. McCroskey & Virginia P. Richmond
Communication Research Reports
Volume 10, Issue 2, 1993
Talking too much can have deep-seated roots
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