What should I do about being talked over and interrupted?
Here's the situation: I'll call them friend 1, 2 and 3:
There are three I hang with occasionally. When friend one is around, I always have the tendency to be talked over and interrupted.
An example a few nights ago. I literally tried to start a conversation and then friend 1 always raises his voice really loud and cuts me out. And then friend 2 generally starts doing the same thing . Friend 3 rarely does it to me but has a tendency to maintain a conversation with the other two and leave me out. The only time I can get a conversation in is if friend 1 isn't around. When they're all together, I sit there and cant say anything and when I try, I'm talked over by raised voices.
I can't tell if it's done on purpose or they dont realize it. But I'm leaning on the former. Friend 1 thinks he's the alpha of the group (and I can guarantee you he's not) he always tries to dominate the conversation and plans of the group.
The thing is, I've tried doing the whole "keep talking over them and dont give up until they stop" and it doesnt work at all. And what makes me really mad is I'm an intelligent person.