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Question How to be less socially awkward? - December 16th 2009, 03:57 AM

I'm still new to the site so I apologize if this is in the wrong section. :/

I have a huge problem with talking to people. When I talk, I usually end up stuttering, mumbling or saying something completely weird/irrelevant.

I'm an extremely talkative and outgoing person around my friends, but I freeze up around people I don't really know. I can't start a conversation or make small talk for my life.

Also, I have trouble talking to people that I don't talk to that often, even if I've known them for years.

This usually gives people the wrong impression of how I truly am and I guess it prevents them from wanting to talk to me.

I am really trying to be more social, meet new people and make more friends, but this little problem of mine is making this difficult.
It is even causing me to have very little of a social life (I really don't have many people who want to spend time with me outside of school...), so I don't get out much. :/

I'm not sure what to do.

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Re: How to be less socially awkward? - December 16th 2009, 04:11 AM

I have the same social awkwardness you do.

Lately though, I've been trying to open my mind more. Okay, that sounds ridiculously nonsensical but.. I've been trying to tell myself that I am not as incapable of making conversation with others as I think I am.. and that I have nothing to lose, anyway by talking to said people.

It's worked a little. Sometimes though, it's all a little too draining and then I'm like bleargh for the next two weeks or so. But, baby steps always help. Doing little things like that... I mean, you don't have to carry out full conversations with people to appear "friendly" and "sociable". Smiling alone will help. It will tell others that you want to talk to them but are being held back because of your shyness.

There's nothing wrong with being shy or socially awkward. There are more people like that than you'd think.

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