Psychologist Ty Tashiro explains what awkwardness is and why we’re sensitive to it.

Yes, Clinical Awkwardness Is a Thing

Yes, Clinical Awkwardness Is a Thing

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June 13 2017 6:46 PM


Why does awkwardness make us so uncomfortable?

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You’re awkward, but maybe not in the way you think. Psychologist Ty Tashiro explains the hallmarks of social awkwardness, why we’re sensitive to it, and why it’s not such a bad thing. Tashiro is the author of Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.