The Science Of Awkwardness

Some of the smartest people among us have trouble interacting with others. Psychologist Ty Tashiro joins us to talk about why we act awkwardly around even people we know well – and about how we can better control these tendencies. His new book is called “Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome” (William Morrow).

Ty Tashiro on … 

… why socially awkward people shouldn’t be dismissed: 

“There’s definitely a unique advantage to seeing the world a little bit differently. And a lot of awkward people have this unique perspective or certain creative inclinations that can be really refreshing. Whether it’s a work context or a social context for that matter that spotlighted focus has a way of giving them an ability to engage in what psychologists call deliberate practice, which is often thought of as the 10,000 hours that you need to master a certain area. And akward people really like to nerd out about things. They really love what they love. But sometimes that produces some pretty great work.”