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Source: New York Times

Why Trying to Be Less Awkward Never Works

Wednesday 07:01 GMT

Awkward moments like these can be panic-inducing, and judging by the number of books and articles and videos on awkwardness that have popped up in recent years, this is far from a unique worry.

Think of that awkward elevator ride you shared with your company’s C.E.O. and your mind blanked on the simplest things because you were trying so hard to think of something to say. (How do elevator buttons work again?). “We only have a limited ability to focus on things, which is why driving and talking on a cellphone is not a good idea, because it takes your focus away,” said Ms. Beilock, whose research on explicit monitoring theory helped inspire her 2010 book on the subject, “Choke.”


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