Question: Is it OK to be awkward?

Theres nothing wrong with being socially awkward. Whether you recognize your social awkwardness or not, it generally isnt bad or harmful, unless it bothers you or keeps you from doing things you want to do. But if you feel like youre doing just fine, dont feel pressured to change.

Do people notice how awkward I am?

People probably dont notice your awkwardness as much as you think. Heres some research that might come as a relief: In her book, Dahl cites the work of Thomas Gilovich, a social psychologist at Cornell University, whose research suggests that fewer people notice your awkward moments or faux pas than you assume.

Why did I become socially awkward?

Social awkwardness isnt a mental health issue — theres no diagnostic criteria or even a concrete definition. Its more of a feeling, or a collection of feelings and experiences that form a pattern in your life. These feelings and experiences often result from: failure to notice certain social cues.

Can attractive people be awkward?

They might have poor fashion sense, unkempt hair, bad skin, or be gangly or overweight. There are those who fit that cliche, but more shy, awkward people than you think are good looking. They may not be one-in-a-million supermodels, but theyre attractive. They have nice facial features and physiques.

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