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.

5. You get distracted easily

“Not paying attention. Socially awkward people tend to zone out often, stop looking at people in the eye, keep on thinking about stuff, stare at their phone while others are talking and when someone mentions them they suddenly wake up not knowing how to react. Staying awake even though you don’t give a shit of the current topic is a critical skill.” — chic_luke

6. You never take initiative

“Not taking the initiative. I hear a lot of people complain that they don’t have friends and, particularly, that nobody wants to hang out with them. But they’re always waiting for someone else to ask them to hang out or grab a bite to eat. It sucks and is scary, and sure, the other person could say no, but if you take the initiative you’re more likely to make friends.” — Ayzmo

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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