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Social Awkwardness - January 5th 2013, 06:10 PM

So my sister claims that I am socially awkward. She says that I act really awkward around her friends and that I make it "known" that I don't like them. I don't realise I act that way but looking back at certain situations, I think that it might be true. Sometimes I find certain situations with my own friends awkward. And sometimes I even push everyone away and want to be on my own. But before I get too wound up over it, I wanna know - What is social awkwardness!?
   
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Re: Social Awkwardness - January 10th 2013, 09:03 PM

As far as I know, there isn't a clinical definition for "social awkwardness." Generally, though, a person who is socially awkward will stand out in some way, because of the things they say or the way they act. You may not always be able to put your finger on what it is at first - you just know something is "odd."

In my case, I couldn't tell if I was just being self-conscious, or if I really was doing something to give people "odd" vibes... so I asked a few close friends for feedback. I asked them if there was anything specific that I said or did that looked socially awkward. There seemed to be a general consensus among those friends (lack of eye contact, body posture, hair covering face, and not contributing to conversations), so I started to work on those things. Once I was more aware of what I was saying (or not saying) and doing, it was easier to stop myself when I started to regress into social awkwardness, or to make the conscious decision to act differently. As a result, my friendships improved tremendously. It took a lot of effort, but I'm glad I received that feedback, and I'm glad I didn't just accept that I would always be socially awkward.






   
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Re: Social Awkwardness - January 12th 2013, 02:40 PM

Hey,

In my opinion being "socially awkward" is not conforming to our stereotypes and culture of how people should behave in social situations. Though the definition in our society is very broad. I have been told many times I am socially awkward for enjoying watching people at a party instead of participating as much. But it is not awkward for me, more awkward for the drunk people I suppose.

Ask your sister to point out when you are acting in that way and explain that you don't mean to show any disrespect or that you dislike everyone. Giving yourself more social communication may be beneficial as well, practice makes perfect, eh?

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