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Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
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Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome


In 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.

Title:Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:288 pages
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    Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome Reviews

  • Taryn Pierson
    May 04, 2017

    I consider myself an awkward person. However, I am that rare awkward person who was blessed with a group of highly extroverted, gregarious friends growing up, whose constant slumber parties and note-p...

  • Rachel Len
    May 11, 2017

    (3.5 stars, rounded up because it was such a comforting read) I am very socially awkward. When I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. Indeed reading it was like holding up a mirror. I laugh...

  • Karen
    May 15, 2017

    More useful advice than Quiet. ...

  • Keely
    May 29, 2017

    In "Awkward," psychologist Ty Tashiro examines the trait of social awkwardness and both the challenges and advantages that come with it. On the positive side, socially awkward people tend to have inte...

  • Scott Neigh
    May 21, 2017

    General nonfiction exploring the phenomenon of social awkwardness. Brings together the latest experimental research, anecdotes from the author's work as a psychology PhD and his own life as an awkward...

  • Tima
    May 10, 2017

    Everyone wants to belong and fit in. But for some of us, that is more difficult and awkward than the normal person. The author, a self-described awkward person, tells us about the science of being awk...

  • Lesley
    Jun 11, 2017

    I received Awkward for free through Goodreads' Giveaways program.Ty Tashiro tackles the subject of awkwardness in this book. He explains how and why people can be awkward, using both his personal expe...

  • Mary Magin
    Jun 24, 2017

    This was a very readable book containing lots of science and results of studies about various stages and levels of awkwardness as well as links between awkward and gifted (or not). The lesson I learne...

  • Sydney
    May 14, 2017

    Really glad I read this and highly recommend it to anyone who feels awkward or knows someone who is awkward. It doesn't go into tremendous depth, but it was still enough to be interesting and informat...

  • Edward B.
    May 25, 2017

    I'm not really sure what I think of this book.If you're NOT congenitally Socially Awkward, then I would think that it would be quite annoying to read; even if you're trying to gain insight into someon...