Have you ever had a strange feeling/experience of stumbling-bumbling while speaking with some people? Something like your tongue is tied? or your brain is turned off? Making mistakes with something you know very well?
When I was in Microsoft, I experienced it. Whenever I spoke with Neo (only with him), I made mistakes, even with simple/silly things. I don't know why, but it just happened.
Then I experienced the same a few months ago. Can you believe that I got 'mutually exclusive' and 'independent' events in probability theory mixed up? I also made stupid remarks concerning regular expressions. (picture)
In fact, regular expressions, probability theory etc. are MY topics and I KNOW them well. Still…
Being with this person sometimes froze the technical part of my brain.
And finally, now something strange is happening - which tops all these. I met a person about a month ago, and I make so many mistakes (English) when I talk to this X. Silly, sillier, silliest kind of mistakes. Yet again, it riddles me.
Yesterday, I had to travel with X; and during the 20+20 minutes, I was being corrected. Not so surprisingly, X enjoys my company very well. :( [Who doesn't like to pull someone's leg :) … What went around came around ]
Some common friends remarked: finally there is someone who could make Sandeep silent. What a pity! :(
Do these people know some tongue tying charm? Or brain confusing charm? Well, if that be the case, I need to learn some defence against dark arts.
After meeting X, I have become an ardent fan of Mark Twain, because Mr. Twain had said - "It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and remove all the doubt".
Why don't you share your experiences? Or are you a fan of Mr. Twain? :)
PS: I know that Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid. But that theory is applicable in only one of the aforementioned cases.
Insider Joke for Tamil people: I got a Bulb while correcting X.