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We all need to feel a sense of belonging, but modern social life can make even the best of us feel gawky. For the socially awkward, navigating social life is especially overwhelming—an ongoing maze that seems to have no exit. Often unable to grasp social cues or readily master the skills and grace necessary for smooth interactions, awkward people can feel out of sync with those around them. Awkward people may recognize they have awkward dispositions, but they have trouble understanding why that is—which makes it hard for them to navigate the complexities of social life.

In Awkward, psychologist and interpersonal relationship expert Ty Tashiro unpacks decades of research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and sociology to help us better understand this widely shared trait and its origins. He considers how awkward people view our complex world and explains how they can more comfortably navigate it, 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 provides valuable insights into how we can embrace our personal quirks and unique talents to harness our awesome potential.


Praise for Awkward

“Tashiro has become an evangelist for his kind…positing that there’s an upside to all this nerding out…. In many ways Awkward is a memoir…packed with vignettes from the author’s childhood, even as it loops in scientific studies and Darwinian theory.”
The Washington Post

“Mixing personal anecdotes with summaries of psychological studies, Tashiro effectively delivers an informative and engaging pop psychology piece on what it’s like to be socially challenged.”
Library Journal

 “Full of moving stories and chock-full of research, Tashiro's book offers awkward and non-awkward people alike insight into how to have better relationships and, ultimately, lead a richer life.”
Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters

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