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Social Skills

Networking: It's Not Just for Adults Anymore

Todd Kestin | Posted 12.15.2016 | Parents
Todd Kestin

From boosting their chances of future success and honing their communication skills to becoming more comfortable talking with adults and thinking of how they can serve others, building an effective network at any age comes with too many perks to ignore.

10 Steps For Peace Leaders

Marilynn Halas | Posted 11.15.2016 | Education
Marilynn Halas

The world can be an uncomfortable place. There's lots to learn and lots to overcome and sometimes no matter what we do, getting along together can be ...

How To Acquire Great People Skills

David Wygant | Posted 10.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
David Wygant

How do you acquire great people skills? Well, you can run a Google search for "people skills" and hopefully find it on Imagine that: add...

A "Cheap Thrills" Parody Introvert Parents Will Understand

Deva Dalporto | Posted 10.07.2016 | Parents
Deva Dalporto

When I became a mother, my social skills flew out the window.

How to Bring SEL to Students with Disabilities

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 09.27.2016 | Parents
Greater Good Science Center

By David Lichtenstein It was nine-year-old Tobin's first day at a new public school, and like most kids he was nervous. He didn't know the other stu...

How Working On My 'Extrovert Skills' Made Me A Happier Introvert

Quiet Revolution | Nidhi Berry | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living

This article first appeared on “Being introverted doesn’t mean you’re shy.” That’s what I always tell people because when I sta...

5 Quick Ways to Become More Likeable

Adam Gilad | Posted 06.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Adam Gilad

Becoming likeable is a skill -- and like any other skill it can be learned.

Focusing on Our Children's Emotional Intelligence

Shari Medini | Posted 06.09.2016 | Parents
Shari Medini

Self-awareness, empathy, and problem solving are skills that our children will need at every single stage of their lives, but there is are two simple reasons that these skills are often overlooked.

Navigating Awkward Social Situations As a Shy Gay Man

Max DuBowy | Posted 06.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Max DuBowy

The first time I went to a gay club there were lots of attractive guys dancing, blaring music, neon lights swirling around in all directions, and strange lurkers on the sidelines of the club waiting for their prince charming. I felt like the most awkward person in the room.

5 Ways to Improve Your Social Skills at Work and Elsewhere

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

Whether it is social anxiety, or not knowing how to correctly read other people, there are ways that we can learn and push ourselves that can greatly benefit our interactions with other people. If we can improve these interactions, we can further our social life, our work life, and our relationships.

How You Can Learn to Understand People on a Deeper Level

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 04.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

Clearly, we need to be able to pick up on the unspoken messages that people are conveying to us. So where do we start to understand people and pick up on social cues? Here is a list that will hopefully get you off to a good start.

ADVICE 11: The Conversational Trick Everyone Should Know

Brent Stoller | Posted 04.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brent Stoller

What you don't want to do is take it personally. It's easy to feel rejected, because that's what having another person show no interest in you feels like. But is that what actually happened? Can someone truly reject you if they haven't gotten to know you? And more importantly, if you know someone doesn't want to be friends with you, do you still want to be friends with them?

Visual Working Memory May Provide a Clue to the Social Difficulties Seen in Autism

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 03.17.2016 | Education
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

Working Memory is the ability to remember and process information and is an important skill that is linked grades from kindergarten to college. Poor visual working memory can play an important role in the difficulties experienced by a child with autism.

How to Make Friends as a Shy, Gay Man

Max DuBowy | Posted 02.23.2017 | Queer Voices
Max DuBowy

Being shy can be debilitating. It can prevent us from talking to people when we want to express ourselves. Shyness can also keep us from dating and finding quality men who like us back. After all, who will ever like us unless we're able to verbalize our feelings for another human being?

3 Must-Know Secrets to Life (Without Jumping 18,000 Feet From a Plane)

Katrina Razavi | Posted 02.22.2017 | Healthy Living
Katrina Razavi

Today I want to share the three life lessons I learned by skydiving from 18,000 feet and how you can apply them to your life.

Kids are Drivers, Not Passengers: An Interview with Susan Crown

Robyn Shulman | Posted 02.12.2017 | Education
Robyn Shulman

I had the gracious opportunity to sit down with Susan Crown to discuss her work with local, national and international organizations.

The Wonders of Age 7 - Developing Social Skills

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2017 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Age seven is a special year with a great deal of cognitive and emotional growth squeezed in between preschool and middle school. As seven-year-olds ch...

How to Diminish Darwinian Pecking Orders by Modeling Social Inclusion for Kids

Lori Day | Posted 01.13.2017 | Parents
Lori Day

Since we know that "do as I say, not as I do" doesn't work as a parenting technique, we really do have to demonstrate kindness, inclusion, and emotional intelligence when our children are watching and even when they aren't, because integrity is what you do when no one's looking.

5 Things We Should Teach in Our Educational System But Don't

Carol Morgan | Posted 01.05.2017 | Education
Carol Morgan

Our educational system doesn't value teaching life skills. It's assumed that that our parents and families teach us this -- either directly or indirectly. But if they weren't taught how to do it properly either, then the cycle just continues.

Conversation Killers and How to Avoid Them

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.18.2016 | Business
Dianna Booher

Your relationships are formed through conversations stacked end to end. So it pays to get rid of the mechanical things that cripple them.

Childhood Social Difficulties: The ADHD/Autism Relationship

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2016 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

One of the basic wishes most parents share is that their children get along, play, and interact well with others. Most often, these social abilities develop intuitively. But for children who instead struggle with peers, the earlier interventions start, the earlier they catch up. Since both ADHD and autism impact relationships, sorting out the 'why' behind social difficulties is often a first step towards figuring out how to best support this vital area of development.

The Difference Between Being Introverted And Just Plain Rude

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

I'm an introvert and was wondering if you've ever written about introverts annoying introverts. It's a new problem for me. I've made some other introv...

2 Tricks For Having Better, More Interesting Conversations

Quora | Posted 09.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul

The most interesting conversations aren't about news, or politics, or sports: they are about emotions. Advertisers have known that for decades and use it to sell more product.

Lonely People Are Actually Wired Differently

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living

If you often feel lonely, there could be a neuroscientific explanation. According to a small new study, your brain might be wired differently. The stu...

Why Reading A Book Is Good For Your Relationships

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living

Good news for all you readers out there: Reading for pleasure has a lot of social benefits, according to a new report. A poll of 4,000 UK adults foun...