Even the best of us can mess things up, especially when it comes to social situations. The truth is, however, that socially adjusted people tend to mess things up a little less than the rest of us. If you find yourself struggling in social situations, listen up because these are 25 Socially Awkward Mistakes That You Want To Avoid.
Not realizing that people aren’t interested in what you are talking about
This goes for people who like to talk a lot (yes, they can be socially awkward too). Listening is half the battle.
Note: keep in mind that this isn’t meant for shy people. Shy people will tend to go to the other extreme and automatically assume they have nothing interesting to say. This isn’t true either.
Not having hobbies
This is the cure to what we just mentioned (only talking about your engineering job or video games). Try new stuff. Ski, climb, run, snorkel…anything. It will boost your confidence and give you something to connect with people on.
This can be fine…in moderation. If you make a joke and nobody laughs, saying that you’re going to work on your one-liners is a perfectly okay way to bail out. But always talking about how awful you are isn’t attractive to anybody.
Assuming everybody doesn’t like them
There is a well-known quote that states, “Confidence is when you walk into a room of strangers and assume that everybody likes you.”
Not asking questions
This is possibly the biggest mistake that socially awkward people make. If you don’t know what to talk about, just get the other person to talk. Where are you from? Do you like it here? What do you do? Do you like that? Pretty soon you won’t have to ask anything…they’ll just keep talking.
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