Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome

Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome

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.

Title:Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
Edition Language:English
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  • Taryn

    I consider myself an awkward person. However, I am that rare awkward person who was blessed with a group of highly extroverted, gregarious friends growing up, whose constant slumber parties and note-p...

  • Anika

    2.5 stars. This was a quick and easy read with some interesting points, but I don't think it really helped explain why we're socially awkward or how that's awesome. Certainly as an awkward individual,...

  • Rachel Leˇn

    (3.5 stars, rounded up because it was such a comforting read) I am very socially awkward. When I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. Indeed reading it was like holding up a mirror. I laugh...

  • Issac Stolzenbach

    Review of AWKWARD: The Science of Why WeÔÇÖre Socially Awkward and Why ThatÔÇÖs Awesome written by Ty Tashiro, PhD13 July 2017Stolzenbach Hessen(Original from

  • Rachel Pollock

    Listened to this audiobook and I really enjoyed it! Fascinating stuff about the medical diagnosis of "awkwardness" vs a meditation on the various meanings of the word. I found myself recognizing frien...

  • Stephanie

    Awkward explains why some people seem so awkward, why they are awkward, and why that might be a good thing. It also gives ideas for awkward people wanting to fit in better. I liked it. It was interest...

  • Karen

    More useful advice than Quiet....

  • Bob

    There were some interesting anecdotes, but I don't know if I'm any closer to knowing the difference between the awkward and the shy. I think I'm more the former than the latter....

  • Keely

    In "Awkward," psychologist Ty Tashiro examines the trait of social awkwardness and both the challenges and advantages that come with it. On the positive side, socially awkward people tend to have inte...

  • Matt Hooper

    I know awkwardness.My favorite book(s) growing up? A set of mahogany-colored, gilded-edged World Book encyclopedias. I waited anxiously for each annual "year-in-review" edition. I learned the facts of...