5 Essential Coping Tips For Introverts In Uncomfortable Social Situations

Written by on April 19, 2015 in Conscious Living, Happiness & Humor, Thrive with 0 Comments

Steven Bancarz | Spirit Science And Metaphysics

Introvert

A few days ago, I wrote an article titled “5 common social situations introverts can’t stand“, and it seemed to resonate with a lot of people.  Introverts are known for being selectively-social, and for having a hard time adapting to uncomfortable social situations.  They would prefer to spend their time alone in reflection than interacting with other people.


Throughout my personal journey as an introvert, I have discovered a series of tips and practices that help reduce the stress and anxiety that comes from being in social situations you would rather not be in.

Introductions, job interviews, elevators, parties, and family gatherings are just some of the situations that introverts have a hard time coping with.  What is the best way to cope and adapt?

Here are 5 essential coping tips for introverts in uncomfortable social situations:

1) Stop caring what other people think. Honestly.

Because of how cranial and internalized introverts tend to be, they get into a habit of always concerning themselves with how other people may think or feel about them.  Rather than ignore that they are being judged, introverts sometimes take it upon themselves to live up to the expectations of people around them.

This causes stress, anxiety, and tension within the introvert, because they are now trying to accommodate an extrovert way of interacting with the world.  It’s ok that you’re not talkative or super social. It’s ok that you’re not the life of the party and that you don’t want to talk in the elevator.  Give yourself permission to just be yourself, and to not care what other people think about it.  Be natural.  When you allow yourself to be natural, others feel natural to be around you.

2) Say what’s actually on your mind

The problem for me, is when people say “So what’s new in your life?”.  The only responses I want to give fall along the lines of life lessons, personal growth, higher understands of my own mind, and other philosophical topics.  But we tend to think that we have to say something like “Oh you know, still working….”


Why not just say how you actually feel, and speak what you are actually thinking?  Looking to break an awkward silence with a stranger? Ask them about the afterlife, out-of-body experiences, or if they believe in reincarnation.  Instead of talking about weather, spark a conversation about lucid dreaming. You’ll be surprised how many people will respond positively and with interest.  You may just have a meaningful conversation.

Don’t just play by the rules of social interaction.  Be bold.

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