Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness
Have you ever said goodbye to someone, only to discover that you're both walking in the same direction? Or had your next thought fly out of your brain in the middle of a presentation? Or accidentall ...more
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Some things Dahl did were truly cringeworthy but others (such as going to a movie by yourself, eating out by yourself, talking with others near you while waiting for the train to come) seemed like the most low-key cringeworthy moments I could think of. Literally, who cares. People do those all the time and they aren't that awkward. I ...more
1) the existence of the irreconcilable gap (the gap between how I see myself and how I think others see myself)
2) high self-clarity (not self-esteem) is what I want to have, to feel less awkward and comfortable under my own skin.
I really enjoyed how straightforward and easy of a read this was (or listen, in my case, narrated by the author). Not too much fluff is always good!
I especially like what she says about self-talk; my version of self-talk has always been to remember something stupid I've done, and tell myself, "You're such an idiot!!" Melissa reminds us to use self-talk to affirm and encourage ourselves; and to not always use first-person. ...more
What Melissa Dahl has done with Cringeworthy is remarkable. By looking at her topic through a first-person lens, she manages to weave the science in with really humorous anecdotes.
I got an advanced copy and tore through it in two sittings. Even though it's non-fiction, it's a bit of a page-turner with a surprising amount of heart!
5/5 stars, would recommend ...more
I love how it made me think about stuff and situations you never really sit down and think about, and the scientific explanation to how the brain works in certain situations.
Really helpful and informative book, it taught me how to act in awkward situations and how to make the most of them. It also helps you read people's emotions and how to judge them.
Overall and amazing reading experience, kept ...more