New York Magazine's "Science of Us" editor reveals what we can do when any casual or professional social situation turns treacherous.

Have you ever said goodbye to someone, only to realize you're now walking in the same direction? What do you do when your crazy uncle nearly ruins Thanksgiving with his politics? Why can't you handle this with ease and aplomb of a Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn?

Melissa Dahl, editor of New York Magazine's "Science of Us," explains the surprising science behind awkwardness--shedding new light on how awkwardness can be used to your advantage. Her most surprising conclusion: the best way to overcome awkwardness is to start talking about it out loud Dahl's research answers many questions you've probably pondered, such as:

  *  Why some situations without clear rules always turn awkward.

  *  Whether anyone is judging you as harshly as you think they are.

  *  Why being authentic is a double-edged sword--as Jeb Bush learned the hard way during his 2016 campaign.

Some of us occasionally blow our chances to make a good impression. However, many of us start out so far from charismatic and charming, it's hard to imagine how we can ever get there. In this fun mix of storytelling and science, Dahl teaches us why we don't always win over the crowd, and how we can next time.
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