My guest this week is going to help us with a problem that makes many of us cringe—actually, she’s going to help with cringing itself. Melissa Dahl is an expert on awkwardness, and she’s here today to share advice for dealing with this uncomfortable feeling. A senior editor covering health and psychology for New York’s The Cut, Melissa cofounded New York’s popular social science site, Science of Us, in 2014. You may have also seen her work in Elle, Parents, or TODAY.com.
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In this episode, you’ll hear insights from Melissa’s new book, Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness, on the science behind feeling awkward. She also gives tips for helping yourself to feel less awkward in social situations. Listen in to hear all that and more!
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On Today’s Episode We’ll Learn:
- Techniques for feeling less awkward.
- How to overcome the fear of uncomfortable social situations.
- Why our brains hold on to memories of feeling awkward.
- What prompted Melissa to look into the science of awkwardness.
- Why she says awkwardness is “the great equalizer.”
- The reason people dislike photos of themselves and hearing their voices on recordings.
- Why it’s a good idea to have someone else choose your profile pictures.
- What the spotlight effect is—and how it affects us.
- Tricks for changing the way you feel emotions.
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