Your worst nightmare is someone saying something nice about you, to your face. God forbid it's a stranger, are they trying to make you die right there on the spot? Imagine if your obituary wrote cause of death: overwhelming awkwardness. You don't always have to react badly (see Jess Day from New Girl's reaction above, it's way too relatable), there are some tips for handling these situations. Be prepared, there are some responses that always work. "thank you so much, that's very kind", this isn't revolutionary, but it is polite. Or just be honest and say "That's so kind, I'm really bad at accepting compliments but I do appreciate it". Try it out next time someone says they like your hair in the street, you can do it...
This is the worst for any awkward person. Yes you want to find love, but the process is more painful than pulling teeth. Overanalysing everything, like "who pays?", "He'll stand me up", "What if it's not a date and I misread the situation". These are thoughts that cause you to fumble and say awkward things, so the best plan is to make sure there isn't any miscommunication. When asked out for dinner make sure you ask if it's a date, be precise on time, and do something easy like drinks. Drinks mean you can take turns getting rounds, which prevents any awkward "who pays" situation.
Jokes are hard for awkward people. You'll say something you think is funny, and everyone thinks you're being serious, so are met with silence. To avoid this situation, make sure you introduce it as a joke, start of by saying "I've just thought of something funny...", then at least people will laugh out of sympathy.
When someone gets your name wrong, rather than correcting it you just live with them calling you the wrong thing. Don't do this. If you don't immediately correct them, the next time they call you the wrong name just say "oops you must not have heard me last time, my name is..".
5. Awkward silences.
Can the ground just swallow me up?! You either make them even more awkward by pointing out the awkwardness, filling the silence with completely unrelated conversation or just freeze. When you get in this situation just remind yourself that the others are probably just collecting their thoughts, give it time, someone will speak. If they don't after several minuets just excuse yourself and go to the bathroom. Running from awkwardness is always a valid tactic.
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