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.

15. You keep correcting other people

“Essentials:

  • If someone mispronounces something, don’t interrupt them in order to make a correction.

  • Listen, don’t just wait for them to finish talking so you can speak. (I am guilty of this, and need to work on it).

  • Don’t make big deals out of insignificant instances. For example, if someone makes a general comment about the weather, don’t say anything like ‘that’s a strange thing to say’, because that shit is stupid.” — ArchiboldReesMogg

16. You assume silences are a bad thing

“Silences aren’t necessarily awkward and you don’t need to point it out. Silences can reinforce something you say and gives everybody the time to clear their heads. Real conversations have pauses and they are good, not awkward.” — GiraffeBagz

17. You give answers that are way too short

“Conversations need to go two ways. Answer questions then ask some, listen, comment, repeat. Too many times people excuse themselves when they’re doing all the talking, pulling teeth for a decent conversation.” — but-I-dontunderstand

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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