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Socially awkward blues

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Socially awkward blues

As a kid, I used to have panic attacks when dealing with adults other than my parents. A simple greeting from a relative, be it an aunt I see regularly or a distant uncle, would send a shockwave through the language center of my brain, upending all the appropriated, appropriate string of words and phrases which would give someone the idea that I was a normal, functioning human being. Resorting to vague shrugs and mumbled words, getting a point across clearly and concisely seemed to be an unnaturally...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
How socially awkward are you?

How socially awkward are you?

1. It's time to leave a party. A. Give the entire room a wave and a strident “Bye everyone.” B. Seek out the people you know best, say goodbye to them, and make plans to meet up again. C. Mumble a few halfhearted farewells before m,aking for the door. D. Slope off without saying a word to anyone, thereby avoiding any hug/handshake awkwardness. 2. You find yourself sharing a lift with a work colleague you don't know very well. A. Inquire enthusiastically about their life outside work. B. Engage in chitchat about the weather. C. Stare at the floor. Maintain absolute silence at all costs. D. Accidentally break wind. Rehearse the incident obsessively in your mind for the...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Shake it off

Shake it off

A couple of issues back, we talked about annoying traits in co-workers these days, and it would be unfair not discuss how to deal with such people. Take a read to know the 4 S of tackling your brain-boiling colleagues. 1. Smile Some people bug intentionally, some people bug unintentionally. Some do it once a...