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Awkward

The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Ty Tashiro (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Some good insight but gets distracted

I enjoyed the first part of the book but a few chapters in the author goes off on a tangent with social commentary and option on various topics and I'm left thinking - what am I listening to?
There is some valuable insight about social awkwardness but I don't care for the rest

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  • Metalgearstud
  • 14-02-2019

so interesting

it was great information. it really made me realize some quarks that I do. I recommend if u feel awkward

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  • Courtenay
  • 27-10-2018

Nothing else like it. literally

I have read quite a bit of books about personalities and the traits that come along with all of the varieties out there. I have read a lot about confidence, social issues and behavioral patterns. I'm not an expert - far from it. but I am a huge advocate and fan of books within or under that massive umbrella I just described above. Nonetheless, I have never found anything like this book. It is entertaining, it is unique in its storytelling and it takes a perspective that you will barely come across (if at all). But the kicker? One would be amazed by how many people can relate to awkward living. I'm so happy it's been written and I congratulate the author on doing such a good job. He is lucky to have the parents he had that is for sure!

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 17-07-2017

Interesting

This was an interesting read, if a little bit jargon heavy in a few places.