Is it a conversation if all you do is nod you head?
And contributions, whether relevant or not, are ignored?
Sometimes people want to release what is going on in their head, their frustration, anxieties and misunderstandings.
They want to verbalise their thoughts. This is reflection. They don't want you to comment either way. If anything all you can do is nudge them along.
Like a therapist?
Should a peice of reflection be offered publicly where comment is perhaps hoped for?
Does this make an asynchrnous conversation better than the one that's being going on at me for the last ten minutes?
(No I wasn't typing. Yes I'd turned off the TV and radio. Ostensibly I was listening. I made the mistake yesterday of suggesting some thoughts, even inviting a subject matter expert I know to get involved. Mistake. Sometimes after a couple of weeks writing a report you can't help by leak some words.
Wouldn't a mirror do?
Or as the character does in Avatar, just talking to yourself on a webcam?