And conversely, why are uninteresting people uninteresting?
First things first. Before I set out on an escapade of writing about people whom I find interesting, I need to set up a bit of structure for the discussion, and am asking for your help as well.
Let's start with the title question, because the question about uninteresting people will be answered as a result. What is it that interesting people have and do which makes them interesting? At this point, I am not talking about what they do in terms of profession or hobby, as I think an assembly line worker or store clerk or a rocket scientist can all be interesting.
What I mean is, what is it that makes us attracted to them?
I'll start the list.
1. Interesting people are good listeners.
2. Interesting people never think they know everything. There is nothing more boring than a know-it-all, after all.
3. An interesting person shares his or her knowledge with you in a way that does not make you feel stupid or lectured to.
4. Interesting people don't spend time talking about the details of their lives in extreme minutiae (unless asked) or bragging about their accomplishments. Interesting people don't have to say how great they are, even in an underhanded way. They can tell you what they have done in a way which will hold your attention -- for hours!
5. Interesting people understand very often the value of leisure and of taking time for themselves and others (which is one of the reasons, quite possibly, why so many Italians seem interesting).
6. Interesting people are interested in others.
7. Interesting people are intellectually curious.
8. Interesting people are rarely jealous, at least not in a way which consumes them.
9. Interesting people are not butt-kissers, and do not change their colors to fit the needs of their audience.
10. Interesting people often make the most of the opportunities given to them.
Ok, now it's your turn. What, in your estimation, makes a person interesting?