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Awkward

The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
De : Ty Tashiro
Lu par : George Newbern
Durée : 6 h et 57 min
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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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  • 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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  • A. Yoshida
  • 11/01/2020

Help Children Who Are Socially Awkward

It's only towards the end of the book when the author describes the trade-offs of intelligence and social awkwardness. Much of the book is about children, who are awkward - what are they thinking and why they are behaving differently. There is advice on how to help them navigate the social world, like focusing on three social cues at a time. For example, if a friend greets you, then look him in the eye, smile, and say "hi." If he asks "how are you," then respond "I'm fine" and ask him how he is. These social scripts help children see the pattern in people's behaviors. It is like learning the language and customs of a foreign country for them.

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  • Mia
  • 08/01/2020

Insightful and well organized

I'm an SLP and selected this book to gain additional insight into the continuum of clients I meet. I finished the book with a greater sense of empathy towards myself, my social blunders, misteps, and self depricating internal dialog.

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  • Wayne
  • 27/01/2020

Worthwhile

AWKWARD was a daily deal from early January. It deals with social awkwardness. George Newbern's narration is even better than the book.

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  • KellysHero718
  • 12/01/2020

Fascinating and All Too Familiar Topic

A lot more emphasis on the SCIENCE in the subtitle than the smiley faces on the cover would lead you to believe. It’s an academic work but presented with passion and clarity that draws in listeners of all backgrounds. I wish I would have had this information before raising my children and before I became an educator, not to mention earlier in my career. I see do many places I could have responded better with greater understanding.

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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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  • Walterino100
  • 10/01/2020

This was a great audiobook but...

The Jargon in this book made me feel illiterate in a funny way. Great narrator.

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  • Chemar
  • 23/01/2020

Doctor Accept thy Self

I assume the author was attempting to sell books with the “Awkward” title. It is sad however, that the basic research and personnel experiences he discusses of people on the spectrum, he decides to label as “Awkward”. Neuro-Diverse, Aspergers, Autism, On-the-Spectrum are all accepted and much more informative and less negative ways of describing people who are not Neuro-Typical. It seems the author needs to be more accepting of himself and the Neuro-Diverse world we live in. If someone on the Spectrum needs to place a derogatory label on their behavior and the behavior of others who are Neuro-Diverse, then what can we expect from people who are Neuro-Typical in regards to understanding differences.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 12/01/2020

Remarkable Book

This book described me to a T. I tend to get lost in thought and a bit obsessed with one particular skill or subject for long periods of time. I prefer structure and planning which is why social skills are difficult as there's no roadmap for navigating my way through all the subtle nuances of human interaction.
The bits about 'awkward' children and 'gifted' children's personality traits overlapping was flattering and made me think about my talent for music at a very young age. I played the drums almost every day after school for about 10 years just because I felt compelled and almost obsessed with improving my play.
There were parts of this book that made me stop in my tracks because of how accurately it described my thoughts and behaviors. Almost like myself and the author share a brain.
I think this book will really hit home for a small group of people who can relate to the stories and observations the author has made here.
Overall a truly remarkable book that puts my personality in a new perspective and makes me appreciate my uniqueness. I will most likely read it a few more times.

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  • Momma263103
  • 08/01/2020

Did not deliver to its potential

Title & topic really drew me and I was excited to read the book. However, I was left disappointed after finishing the book. It’s basically a mixture of citing a bunch of research about awkward people indispersed with personal stories of the author. In conclusion, he gives generic advice. I didn’t feel like I gained much insight after reading this book. Maybe this book is more suited for someone who does not have compassion for awkward individuals or awkward individuals who need to hear that they need to participate in the social game even if they are not good at it.

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