Being socially awkward can at times be extremely difficult, but it is funny to think about how you act in certain situations (for me, at least). I am definitely a socially awkward person so I relate to this very much. Here are 15 signs you are socially awkward.
15 Signs You Are Socially Awkward…
1. When your phone rings, it is one of the most terrifying things and you almost never answer it.
2. You tell jokes that you find hilarious, but no one else laughs.
3. Entering a room full of people that you aren’t familiar with makes you very uncomfortable.
4. You tend to avoid eye contact with people.
5. Bumping into someone you know in a public place is cause for a panic attack.
6. You are constantly planning what you are going to say before speaking, but it never comes out the way you plan.
7. When you are with a friend and they’re talking to someone you don’t know, you just stand there behind them saying nothing.
8. You tend to laugh inappropriately and talking about inappropriate things.
9. You are extremely awkward in your greetings with people and your goodbyes.
10. Attempting to flirt is like speaking a foreign language to you.
11. You’ve been known to pretend to be texting or doing anything on your cell phone in social situations.
12. Just seeing an invite to a social gathering gets you all worked up.
13. You don’t respond well to compliments and usually start jumbling words together and make no sense.
14. You prefer to seek out the household pet at parties, rather than socialize.
15. In casual situations involving small talk, you tend to subconsciously have a nervous tic –like biting your nails, pulling on your clothes or playing with your hair.
In all honesty, being socially awkward can be crippling at times. It is important to learn how to deal with the social anxiety you feel. For me, I find it easier to just say I feel awkward or uncomfortable. A lot of my awkwardness comes from my worrying about other people’s thoughts and feelings and the future outcome of things. When I am living in the present moment, (sometimes) I tend to be much more relaxed.
Socially awkward moments happen to everyone; it’s how you make progress and move beyond such moments that make the difference between wanting to sink into the ground and simply brushing it off as a temporary hiccup. Partially created by our own fears and worries, partially created by social anticipations and how we understand these, social awkwardness can stop us from fully relating with others out of fear of being teased or even disliked by our peers.
If you’re frightened of being trapped in awkward situations or of coming across as socially awkward to others, there are some great reasons not to be. Everyone has to acquire how to deal with social humiliation at times and even if you’re more socially awkward than the normal person, there are ways to get past that, such as: realize you’re not alone, try sourcing your feelings of social awkwardness, increase your confidence, be friendly, be less concerned about what others think, focus on the positives, lighten up, learn to relax, be kind to yourself and put yourself out there! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.