Awkward: The Science of Why Were Socially Awkward and Why Thats Awesome by Ty TashiroIn the vein of Quiet and The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth comes this illuminating look at what it means to be awkward—and how the same traits that make us socially anxious and cause embarrassing faux pas also provide the seeds for extraordinary success.
As humans, we all need to belong. While modern social life can make even the best of us feel gawky, for roughly one in five of us, navigating its challenges is consistently overwhelming—an ongoing maze without an exit. Often unable to grasp social cues or master the skills and grace necessary for smooth interaction, we feel out of sync with those around us. Though individuals may recognize their awkward disposition, they rarely understand why they are like this—which makes it hard for them to know how to adjust their behavior.
Psychologist and interpersonal relationship expert Ty Tashiro knows what it’s like to be awkward. Growing up, he could do math in his head and memorize the earned run averages of every National League starting pitcher. But he couldn’t pour liquids without spilling and habitually forgot to bring his glove to Little League games. In Awkward, he unpacks decades of research into human intelligence, neuroscience, personality, and sociology to help us better understand this widely shared trait. He explores its nature vs. nurture origins, considers how the awkward view the world, and delivers a welcome counterintuitive message: the same characteristics that make people socially clumsy can be harnessed to produce remarkable achievements.
Interweaving the latest research with personal tales and real world examples, Awkward offers reassurance and provides valuable insights into how we can embrace our personal quirks and unique talents to harness our awesome potential—and more comfortably navigate our complex world.
What does the Bible say about being anxious?
What does the Bible say about shyness?
What the casual observer may not realise, you see, is that if anyone stumbles on a WordPress site via a search engine, WordPress will record the fact, and let the blogger know what the reader was searching for. Kind of. Or perhaps I should say awekwardnesa. So what exactly, when we asked what the Bible said about awkward moments, were we all expecting to find? Blessed are the socially awkward, for their good intentions shall be obvious to all, despite the infelicities of their behaviour.
Awkwardness is a cultural phenomenon. Even my kids know what it is to be awkward. Awkwardness comes about, after all, when social situations do not go quite as we intended; it is that feeling of discomfort or embarrassment that arises when social desires and expectations are missed. So where did this cultural obsession with awkwardness come from? Why are we suddenly so concerned with it? Adam Kotsko makes a compelling argument that much of it stems from our entertainment. It is no doubt enhanced by our dedication to social media through which our awkwardness can go viral.
First off, lots of kids and even adults struggle with being shy. You're not some kind of social misfit for feeling this way.
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Practical Tips on Overcoming Shyness
What does the Bible say about? A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord , all the earth!
Consider the moment when the words that happen to come out of your mouth are exactly the most unintelligent words imaginable. Or when you give someone a side-hug and seem unfriendly, or a proper hug just when they want their personal space. Hardly fascinating Facebook-status material. Still, at the time, and at the same time, kind of awkward. Some people, of course, can ride the wave of awkward moments and skip away unflustered.