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

26. You only talk about yourself

“Forgetting to ask open questions of people to get to know them. I’ve been to a lot of social events where the more awkward people talk and talk about themselves, as if finally having the chance, but it quickly becomes dull and one-sided.” — XInsects

27. You tell stories that make you look bad

“Had a friend who would tell stories that cast him in a negative light around girls he liked. Stories that ended with him getting rejected, messing something up, things like that. It worked out about as well as you’d think. Pick your best moments in life and present yourself that way, it works wonders.” — tarkovskystrut

28. You keep confusing ‘introverted‘ with ‘socially awkward’

“Thinking that being an introvert is the same thing as being socially awkward. The introvert-extrovert scale runs on the X-axis and social skills run on the Y-axis. It is entirely possible to be a socially skilled introvert just like you can have a socially awkward extrovert.

One of the biggest mistakes I see socially awkward introverts make is conflating those two issues and thinking, ‘well my personality is introverted, therefore I am socially awkward’. Social skills are SKILLS and they can be improved. Thinking, ‘I’m an introvert’, gives people an excuse to not work on or practice those skills.” — minamunu


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