These 30 Mistakes Are Accidentally Making You Come Across As Socially Awkward

If you don’t want to come across as socially awkward, follow this advice from Ask Reddit.

23. You never smile

“Facial expression. I have a few socially awkward friends, but unless you know them they always look like they want to murder you or are extremely bored with you. Don’t squint, and while you don’t need to have a giant smile, practice in the mirror on making a very comfortable smile.” — Gummyia

24. You let yourself get walked over

“Don’t EVER let yourself be denigrated or humiliated. Far too often have I seen weak people just let themselves get treated like shit by their so called ‘friends.'” — i_fuck_for_breakfast

25. You overexplain

“Overexplaining.

For many people, 75-85% of the details you give are painfully unnecessary, and make people tune out of whatever you are saying.

Nobody cares what the EXACT distant-familial relationship is between two people in your story; so don’t make me wait while you try to remember before continuing. I don’t need to listen to you to wrestle back-and-forth with whether it was before or after dinner. I don’t need a complete recounting of every statement and gesture from a previous conversation you are recounting.

There’s nothing more painful than trying to patiently and not-rudely wait for you to get to the point I figured out you were making 10-15 unnecessary details ago, which is ultimately very mundane and should have been a quick conversation.

There’s nothing wrong with asking for advice or telling a story. Just don’t make it impossible to listen to you.” — Nice-GuyJon

Juliet Lanka

Hater of love. Lover of horror.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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