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.

9. You aren’t paying attention to your audience

“Know your audience. Mutual friendly insults with your buddies is fine. In the office, not so much.

Listening is an important skill – but there is a difference between parroting back what you just heard and asking insightful followup questions that demonstrate you were paying attention.

Active listening itself is really important. Don’t equate ‘having the perfect thing to say every time’ with ‘socially adept’. A conversation requires both people have a chance to both talk and listen, and it’s a bad idea to focus on only half of that

To clarify, I am ‘socially adept’ because I have forced myself to be, because it’s a critical skill in my job. That doesn’t mean it comes easily or naturally” — YourBlogSucksToo

10. You care a little too much

“There’s not as much pressure on you as you think. If you’re in some smalltalk with someone and you accidentally say something weird, or don’t respond the way they expected, well chances are they won’t notice or won’t care, so don’t let it get to you too much.” — TheCostlyCrocodile

11. You talk a little too much

“Learn when to stop. If you make a joke and it doesn’t land, don’t double down.

Just… stop. Take a step back and try again next time.” — themasquerade07

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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