Category Archives: Social Skills

How to Offer Hope to Someone Who Needs It

Tomorrow, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. With an estimated 1 out of every 4 people in the US to be diagnosed with a mental health condition in their lifetime, and so much stigma still attached to these diagnoses, many people stay silent about their struggles. Some fear being shunned. Some fear being perceived […]

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‘Hello’ Is a Card Game That Makes the Most Difficult Conversations Easier

The most important conversations are often the hardest to broach. When it comes to things like arrangements for death and long-term illness, many of us would do absolutely anything to get out of having to talk. Loss is a huge source of anxiety for a lot of people, but as with most anxieties, avoiding it […]

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Want to Build Better Friendships? Stop Speedrunning ‘Gone Home’

Summer Games Done Quick has begun, but there’s a glaring exception on its speedrunning schedule: Gone Home. No? Nothing appealing about slamming through an emotional, narrative-focused game in 2 minutes or less? In our latest for Geek & Sundry, author Daniel Wendler argues that the way we relate to other people is often an awful […]

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What’s an Online Friendship Really Worth?

Online or off, our friendships matter — but how do you weigh them? Is an online friendship as good as an IRL friendship? Do they provide the same benefits? In our latest at Geek & Sundry, therapist Chelsea Hughes breaks the differences between those two very different types of friendships down to the neurological level. […]

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Sci-Fi Author Max Gladstone Shares His Public Speaking Secret

Public speaking is a nightmare for a lot of people, and anxiety doesn’t make it any easier. Talking to a professional can help, particularly if panic enters into it, but some people have found their own tricks for getting past the fear. Max Gladstone, author of The Craft Sequence, recently shared his own technique on […]

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Two Experts Explain the Therapeutic Benefits of D&D

Tabletop roleplaying isn’t just known for having benefits for its players — it’s being used for those benefits in therapeutic contexts. For instance, Dr. B works with social skills roleplaying groups through Aspiring Youth, something you may have heard him talking about on the official Dungeons & Dragons podcast. Wheelhouse Workshop is another Washington-based group […]

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Developers, Don’t Miss This Guide to Healthy Studio Conflict

GDC is happening this week, and with it comes a treasure trove of interesting talks and game news. One of those talks was Managing Conflict on Small Teams from Rebekah Saltsman, CEO of Finji (publishers of Night in the Woods and developers of Overland). Saltsman works on a team with her husband, Finji cofounder Adam […]

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Learn to Treat Social Situations Less Like Roguelikes with Our Latest Article at Geek & Sundry

If you’re ever nervous about social situations, make a stop over at Geek & Sundry, where you can find our latest expert article. This one’s from Daniel Wendler, M.A., a social skill contributor for Take This and author of ImproveYourSocialSkills.com and the books Improve Your Social Skills and Level Up Your Social Life. In social […]

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Random Encounters: Level Up Your Social Skills

By Daniel Wendler, M.A. One of the most enduring tropes of RPGs is the random encounter. Want to make your character stronger? Walk outside of town until you run into a random monster, bash the monster over the head until it falls over, and then move on to the next monster. The implications of random […]

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