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What does Hello Stranger mean?

Updated on March 12, 2014

Ever had someone you hadn't seen for a long time say "Hello Stranger" to you? A stranger is someone who you don't know and, paradoxically, sometimes we find it easier to talk to a stranger!

The internet is full of strangers that are easy to talk to.

What does that say about us?

Perhaps there are deeper unfulfilled parts of ourselves we find it easy to talk with a stranger. Easier to reveal things. We feel we can open up to strangers and can speak freely - but is it an illusion or a need - nice to have the freedom that goes with this illusion?

Reminds me of a time I was on a train - far from home and talking to the person next to me - a kind of intimacy, mutual curiosity with no strings attached, nothing to lose, no risk, nothing to go are leaving anyway - going your separate ways.

Do humans need this? Is this what psychology is based on?

Is this what we get out of social media?

But when the person turns up again...then what do you do?

Is it awkward? You haven't seen them for a long time - especially when you seem to have had a connection, intimacy or friendly communication before he/she disappeared - then they show up...what then?

What do you do about the 'psychologist' you revealed so much to!?

You may contemplate that perhaps you did not know this person who came and went before you got too familiar or perhaps you knew them too well or thought you did or didn't want to get familiar - too much at stake.

Yes, you could talk to a stranger, like he or she was your psychologist and when you talk to a stranger things can get complicated, timing doesn't always work out, you can get a lost in the connection and what happens when lives are on separate paths.

The expression Hello Stranger was the title of a 1963 hit by Barbara Lewis.

Thanks for giving us that Barbara!


"Hello Stranger it's seems so good to see you back again...tell me how long has it been.. it seems like a mightly long time ...I'm so stopped by to say hello to me - that's the way it used to seems like a mighty long time...shoobubshoobub!"

and the song has been covered by many other famous artists including the Supremes and Four Tops who were all the rage in the disco era.


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      Author 3 years ago

      Great way of using this phrase MarleneB - six degrees of separation! Yes, I know that one but who cares what we share - in the end we LIVE our life or HIDE! Cheers for dropping b y

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I've been known to say, "Hello stranger" to people I haven't seen in a while. It sort of clears away the awkwardness of running into a friend who I have not reached out to for a long time. You have a good point about opening up to a person we don't know. We can be open and honest, which is liberating. We hope that what we share won't get back to our inner sphere of friends. But, with the concept of six degrees of separation, you never know who knows who and how your story might return to someone you don't want to know about the things you shared with that stranger.

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      Author 3 years ago

      If they turn up again? Whoah! I don't know Ms Dora - what a great question - there is no manual for this. I suggest this - use your gut feeling. Great to have your input here.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      "But when the person turns up again...then what do you do?"

      Good question. Something to think about if I am ever tempted to reveal secret things to a stranger. Thank you.

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      go-barbara-go 5 years ago

      That's nice to hear.

      You are not the first one who told me that.

      They sometimes call me a wandering soul. I sound more of a spirit than a human being, when I talk. Lol!

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      Author 5 years ago

      go-barbara-go - thank you so much - I feel intrigued by your writing and comments - your insights really speak in a kind of familiar way .

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      go-barbara-go 5 years ago

      Amazing hub...

      Sometimes we are imprisoned by the standards, expectations and impressions created by people who know us, those whom we interact most of the when we meet a stranger, we felt a different opportunity to start a new personality, a brand new start, and we even seem to let loose of our fantasies and be who we would like to be, the kind of self that we dreamed of, but never fulfilled.

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      Author 6 years ago

      @Springboard - that's a twist - strangers getting even stranger! Hopefully you're meeting some that don't too! Thnxs for dropping by

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'd like to say that most people I've met are strangers, and most strangers I've met, the more I've gotten to know them, became even stranger. D'oh!

      In any event, all jovialities aside. Great article. Enjoyed the read.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I say "Hello, Stranger" to people I know but have not seen in a while. It works on students who should have been attending class but have been absent without explanation.

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      Author 6 years ago

      Unable to share with those who are close - that's the paradox - sometimes it is because those who are close have to tell themselves a story and stick to it - the truth would be too hard to take - speaking of which - we all have a take on things but others (including those close) seem sometimes to have a different take and cannot really see it differently. Don't get me wrong - I'm sure I do it too but thanks drbj - you are one of the best strangers around this place!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      I remember this tune and you're so right, pd. Some folks find it easy to unburden themselves to a stranger they may never see again or have little connection to. At the same time they may be unable to share their innermost feelings with those who are close.

      Those are the people who keep psychologists busy.