Our expert says:
Some people, indeed, are profoundly superficial, and obsessed with trivia and possessions. But they need and deserve facilitation, too. It sounds as though you enjoy being in charge when this involved standing in front of a classroom and controlling the interactions - but you feel uneasy in social situations where people chat about trivia. In part, maybe, because theh its not you who has the expertise or control. Yet surely it's a part of a facilitator's skills, to be able to listen and make pleasing, mild comments. You don't have to lead discussion on dieting or vapid celeibrities - but you can simulate mild interest and listen well ? Surely ?
Its about social niceness, NOT about "sucking up" to people.
You don't have to be friends with everyone, but you do have to be friendly with everyone.
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