A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?
Ideal number of people? Hmmm…that would also depend on the setting. If you were having an informal gathering with a few of your closest friends and just wanted to shoot the breeze, catch up on happenings in each other’s lives, then maybe 3 or 4 persons (five counting yourself). That way you can have a lively discussion that everyone can participate in.
Now if you are having a conversation about something that needs to be handled in complete confidence, for example with your doctor, counselor, religious person, then one(two counting yourself) would be ideal; especially if the topic is one of a sensitive matter.
In this conversation if you are contemplating making a major life life change, such as pursuing your passion or a new job. Or maybe you are seeking a someone who can guide you or help create a road map of sorts and provide constructive talk if needed (a mentor). Most definitely one person, plus yourself.
Now there are those instances where none of the above scenarios would be applicable. So you would turn inward and have that good conversation with that one individual that knows you better than anyone else…YOU. Sometimes more than not, that may be all you need. If you have a pet, even better.