What Taboo Topic Should You Discuss?

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Is any topic off limits for you?

Do you enjoy discussing taboo topics? Or do you prefer to stay away from them whenever possible? I know that people say that sex, religion, and politics are all topics we should shy away from. I think there is a lot of truth to that. Those topics can cause discussions to get really heated, even among usually agreeable people. On the other hand, shying away from taboo topics completely can make for rather boring conversation. Polite conversation that’s a little too polite can be a real drag.

For me, it depends on the company I’m with. I certainly am a bit reluctant to bring up taboo subjects among strangers. However, if other people are already discussing a taboo subject, I might or might not join in with my opinion. Among friends, it’s very different. I don’t mind talking about the “big three” taboo topics with friends. I’m still careful, though, to avoid subjects that they might be sensitive or touchy about. I have so much to talk about that I don’t really need to veer into controversial territory. I’m not out to change anyone’s mind, and arguments give me a headache.

Thinking about taboo topics inspired me to write a quiz, and here it is: What Taboo Topic Should You Discuss?Β This is a fun quiz to figure out how to spice up your conversation a bit. If you’re like me and think that polite conversation is too dull, then you will enjoy figuring out what taboo topic you should talk about. And if you’re already a taboo converser, this quiz will guess how you’re breaking taboos in every day life.

Comment below and let me know what you got on What Taboo Topic Should You Discuss?Β What do you think of your result? Do you feel comfortable talking about the topic you got? Why or why not?

What do you think?

15 thoughts on “What Taboo Topic Should You Discuss?

  1. Josh

    You Should Talk About Religion

    You are the type of person who is interested in the deep philosophical questions in life.
    You have no problem talking about religion, as long as all parties involved are openminded and nonjudgmental.

    You believe in originality and tolerance. You think the world needs more diversity, not less.
    You think religion can be a very fascinating subject to discuss. It’s all about how you approach it.

    This fits me, even if I’m not religious.

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  2. Monica Erikson

    You Should Talk About Politics (true – I already do!)

    You have strongly held beliefs. You are sure of yourself, and you don’t mind discussing anything – including politics.
    You aren’t the type to back down when a political discussion gets heated. You hold your ground.

    Like most people who are good at talking politics, you don’t take differences personally.
    At the end of the night, you’re still friends with everyone… no matter how heartily you’ve disagreed.

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      1. moonstep1969

        Sometimes I tend to forget that all people aren’t as interested in politics, (esp. not Swedish politics?) as myself. One remarkable fact is that while I can discuss and analyse politics with virtually any man in Sweden, almost no women are interested. Same goes for discussion forums online. Men discuss subjects, and women discuss relations. One might perhaps believe that I’m mannish or something, but I just consider myself to have many different interests and commitments (sometimes too many – so many fascinating things, so little time…).

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        1. kari Post author

          That’s really interesting about topics of conversation and gender in Sweden. I think it used to be the same here in the states, but it has changed a lot. Women are very politically active and interested, and there are now lots of men devoted to talking about relationships. I definitely don’t find women talking about politics to be mannish at all πŸ™‚ And I agree about so many fascinating things, so little time!

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          1. moonstep1969

            Do you mean to tell me that you as an FB friend read them on my wall?
            In that case, I’m slightly surprised you love those updates since I can’t remember that you’ve made any comments on them… in general it’s mostly my old friend James who does. πŸ™‚

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            1. kari Post author

              Yes, I enjoy reading them for sure! I think it’s interesting to get an outside perspective on world affairs, because the reporting in the US is so different πŸ™‚

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  3. Anna

    You Should Talk About Money

    “For you, money is just a means to an end. You don’t see it as mystical or powerful.
    You realize that people are uncomfortable talking about money, but you never mind bringing it up.”

    I don’t know, money can be a powerful tool. People don’t seem too uncomfortable about discussing money, it just never seems to come up. That’s my observation at least.

    “You wouldn’t be gauche enough to ask questions about someone’s financial situation, but you have no problem disclosing yours.
    You believe that people wouldn’t have so many problems with money if they allowed themselves to discuss it more.

    You could say that about any problem. Discussion and brainstorming often lead to solutions.

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  4. Tara

    “You Should discuss religion–

    You are the type of person who is interested in the deep philosophical questions in life. You have no problem talking about religion, as long as all parties involved are openminded and nonjudgmental.

    You believe in originality and tolerance. You think the world needs more diversity, not less. You think religion can be a very fascinating subject to discuss. It’s all about how you approach it.
    ————————————————————
    I actually love talking about religion. I love hearing people talk about their religions because it brings out their deepest beliefs. And once they actually start talking they usually realize that they LIKE talking about their faith…and why wouldn’t you? If it’s something you treasure and is the basis for your deepest beliefs. It usually makes people really happy to talk about things that they love and are important to them πŸ˜‰

    “You think the world needs more diversity, not less.” Definitely! People are so diverse in how they live and express themselves that diversity is one of the best ways to get a full view of what it means to be human.

    One my absolute favorite classes in college was a comparative world religions class. What’s really ironic is that, at the time, I was more atheist that spiritual or religious. When people asked me why I was talking that class if I didn’t believe in God, I told them that it was because 99% of the world does, and I wanted to know what they believed. What I’ve come to believe and understand is that at their core, all religions are trying to achieve the same goals and essentially value the same things. They just have different ways of expressing it and of connecting to what is divine to them.

    Now I would classify myself as more agnostic/spiritual…no one specific religion that I follow and I can’t completely say with 100% certainty that I believe in a “God” of some kind (hence the “agnostic” label). But, I do feel that there is some kind of larger force at play in the world. Something that connects every living thing in the world. Not only is this something that I swear I actually feel sometimes, but you can see evidence of it everywhere. In how similar the beliefs of different cultures/religions can be even though they’ve never interacted with each other. And, lastly, in science.

    One of my favorite books is “My stroke of insight,” by Jill Bolte Taylor. She was a brain scientist at Harvard and suffered a stroke in the left side of her brain…which is the “logical” side of our brains. So she experienced everything through the right side…which is the more intuitive and “spiritual” side. In the beginning of the book she gives a brief scientific explanation of the brain, our DNA, and genes. In that section she says that, “It is perhaps of interest that our human genetic code is constructed by the exact same four nucleotides (complex molecules) as every other form of life on the planet. At the level of our DNA, we are related to the birds, reptiles, amphibians, other mammals, and even the plant life.” It’s a really fascinating book that I think everyone should read πŸ˜‰

    That’s actually one of my favorite things about yoga, specifically the philosophy side. They always say, “namaste” to each other at the end of class. It literally means “the light in me recognizes and bows to (honors) the light in you.” The “light” part being God, Divine, spirit…whatever you want to call it, that exists and is the same in all of us. Beautiful, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

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  5. kari Post author

    I got Money, which is probably the topic I would be most comfortable talking about… but it still is not the most comfortable topic!

    “For you, money is just a means to an end. You don’t see it as mystical or powerful.”

    Yes, although obviously money = power. I think what I meant by this line when I wrote it is that the person doesn’t let money hold power over him or her, which is true for me.

    “You realize that people are uncomfortable talking about money, but you never mind bringing it up.”

    Somewhat true. Depends on the person and how they’ve reacted to the subject in the past.

    “You wouldn’t be gauche enough to ask questions about someone’s financial situation, but you have no problem disclosing yours.”

    Mostly correct. I would probably ask something general if I wasn’t the one who originally brought the subject up.

    “You believe that people wouldn’t have so many problems with money if they allowed themselves to discuss it more.”

    100% true! Probably secretly wrote that one for myself πŸ™‚

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    1. Tara

      β€œYou believe that people wouldn’t have so many problems with money if they allowed themselves to discuss it more.”

      Nice! Love that idea. Agree 100% πŸ™‚

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    2. Anna

      Did you get the inspiration for this quiz from the “Are you Comfortable Naked?” quiz? I remember you were asking if that was too taboo.

      I also got money, but I’m willing to discuss pretty much anything.

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    3. Monica Erikson

      My annual New Year Resolution is to save more money than I do. Right now I’m earning more money than usual due to longer working days with a project, so I’m steely determined to start 2012 in a very good way! πŸ™‚

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