Do you feel tongue-tied when you interact with people at a gathering? If yes, then does it imply that you are socially awkward? Find out for yourself.
“I’m a bad dater. I’m the most socially awkward person, like carrying on conversations and stuff.” – Lauren Conrad
You are at your friend’s party, and you know almost everyone over there. Despite this, you cannot seem to find the right topic to interact with the people out there. This is the case with quite a few people. This struggle to start a conversation, difficulty in making friends, feeling shy, etc., are a few characteristics that socially awkward people possess. However, if you are uncomfortable only in certain situations, you cannot be termed as “socially awkward.” For example, most of us are shy when we meet new people. So, everyone cannot be simply put into this category. Find your social quotient here!
Signs of Socially Awkward People
You feel uncomfortable when you are in a party or social gathering. You don’t mingle with people and stay aloof, or hang around with just a few close friends.
You are confused as to how to behave when you have people around. You try to think, rather overthink about how people will perceive your actions.
You find it difficult in striking a conversation. You tend to get nervous when asked to interact with an unknown person. You would rather let the other person do all the talking while you just reply to their questions.
Your humor may not be appreciated most of the time, and thus you avoid showing your hilarious side to others.
You face awkward silences while conversing with others. While you are talking to someone, you suddenly run out of words or thoughts to add to the topic. This brings the awkward silence, which you may not be able to break. Instead, you let the other person take the lead.
You tend to avoid eye contact while talking to others. You feel a slight awkwardness while looking into the person’s eyes and would prefer staring at the walls, the roof, or the floor.
You may be mocked by others in social situations. Due to your odd beliefs and mannerisms while interacting with people, you might have been mocked at in many situations. You may not be able to put your foot down, thus damaging your self-confidence.
You tend to find out ways and means to avoid any kind of social interaction. You would rather fake an illness or come up with some kind of excuse to avoid going to social gatherings.
Take this quiz to find out if you really are socially awkward or are a social butterfly!
Overcoming Social Awkwardness
If the result of the quiz shows that you are socially awkward, there is nothing to worry about. Minute alternations to your personality will get you into the social butterfly category!
- The first and the foremost thing to do is to develop your social confidence. Be confident while interacting with others.
- Meet new people. Don’t avoid going to social gatherings.The more you meet people, the more confident you will become.
- Look into the eye while talking to people. It shows that you are confident.
- If you cannot find topics to talk about, inquire about one’s life, likes, and dislikes. This will help you to know the person better.
- When you meet a person, greet him with a smile and shake hands. This gesture will act as an icebreaker, and your awkwardness will lessen.
- If you have a friend who is confident in such situations, try to study his/her body language. You may learn a thing or two from his/her behavior.
Don’t worry guys. Always remember that you are not alone. You have your family and set of friends who love you the way you are. However, to make new friends and know more people, it is necessary to have a good social quotient. So, buck up people, and go from being a hermit crab to a social butterfly.