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6 Methods To Help Yourself Socially

There's absolutely no denying, we are now living in a social world, one that may be difficult to face for those who don't look at themselves as outgoing extroverts. If you feel uncomfortable in social environments, you may look at the people all around you who manage to float through life effortlessly and wonder how on earth they do it.

Even if you're not a spotlight-grabbing extrovert, you'll find ways to overcome the discomfort you are feeling in social or group situations. The more often you use these approaches, the more you can begin to feel at ease when presented with a difficult social situation.

-- Smile at people - People who are shy tend to be mistaken for being unfriendly or standoffish, when in reality they are merely uncertain about how to react when encountering new people. They're uncertain what to say or how to act, as a result they stay quiet and distant, even looking away when people approach. This makes a poor first impression on others. It means you have to work two times as hard in order to win them over. A smile, amazingly, has a long lasting effect. Even if you don't have all the right things to say, smiling at someone lets them recognize you're happy to meet them and you're welcoming. Also try smiling more on the whole. When you make eye contact with a stranger, don't immediately avert your eyes. Try smiling and most often the other person will probably smile right back, putting both of you at ease.

-- Make eye contact - Making eye contact with people goes together with smiling at them. If you're self-conscious, your very first instinct may well be to look away when you're not comfortable, but eye contact is an important part of creating a connection with another person. When you don't look at the other person when speaking in conversation, it appears as if you're bored or uninterested in what they're saying. When chatting with someone you need to be looking at them directly in the eye whilst you're speaking and while they are speaking. Remember that there is a big difference between looking at someone in the eye, and staring at them. It's okay to look away on occasion.

-- Ask questions - If you're not sure what to talk about with a new person, ask them questions in relation to themselves. Most folk enjoy talking about themselves and are flattered that you're interested in getting to know them more. This is an excellent technique that will take the pressure off you having to think of things to say. You can certainly ask open-ended questions that are not too intrusive or personal so the person you're talking with will feel comfortable.

-- Really pay attention - When you meet somebody try your best to remember their name for future encounters. People will certainly feel flattered that you remembered their name and details about them the very next time you cross paths. There are little tricks you can learn in order to remember names and other details. Associating a name with an object or maybe a scene, for instance, makes it easier to recall.

-- Never quit - When you first try these techniques, you may still feel uncomfortable. That's all right! It will need time and practice before this begins to feel natural, but with time it will seem easier to interact with people the more you consciously adjust your approach. Like so much in life, the more we practice the better it becomes - and the better we get at it.

-- Consider another approach - Hypnosis can be extremely effective in helping people who find it difficult to cope with in social situations and can help them feel more at ease and comfortable. For those being affected by social anxiety, or social phobia, hypno-therapy is a great treatment solution.

About Author Peter James Field :

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