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 settings, most people act like they’re playing a roguelike. They assume that a single mistake will DOOM THEM FOREVER, so social interaction becomes about avoiding mistakes instead of having fun and connecting with others.
But here’s the reality. In most social interactions, it’s totally fine to make mistakes. In fact, everyone makes mistakes pretty much all the time in social interaction.
Don’t believe me? Just listen in to everyone else next time you’re in a group conversation. You’ll hear the other people in the group interrupt each other, tell jokes that fall flat, share boring stories – all sorts of mistakes. And for the most part, everyone moves along with skipping a beat when those mistakes happen. Sure, maybe there’s a moment of awkwardness, but then someone changes topics and the conversation moves along.
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