Every single person has experienced a little bit of anxiety when it comes to social interactions. If you feel anxiety when you have to be involved in a social setting, keep reading. With these simple tricks, the fear of meeting new people and other social situations could become a thing of your past.
When you first meet someone, make sure to use their name right away. Experts say that it reinforces the name in your mind. You can accomplish this by saying the person's name immediately after you find out what it is, saying the name out loud when you enter their number into your phone, and addressing them by their name often during the course of your meeting. Plus, people love hearing their name.
Notice Their Eye Color
When you first meet someone, take a few seconds to look at their eye color. Just a few seconds is enough time to give eye contact. It might feel uncomfortable, but it will make you more trustworthy to the other person.
Ask For Favor
It seems logical that if someone does you a favor then you will like them more, but research tells us that we like people for whom we've done favors. The reason is that we tend to justify doing the favor to ourselves by surmising that we like them. This is called the Ben Franklin effect because of what he once said, "He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged."
It can be extremely uncomfortable to talk to an audience or make new friends, but that doesn't mean that you can't fake being comfortable. If you can just act like you're comfortable, then you can actually trick your brain out of its anxiety. For example, if meeting new people makes you anxious, then pretend that you already know them and allow your anxiety to just slip away.
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Power of Silence
During a conversation, it can be a bit hard to get what you need from the other person. For example, you ask them a question, but they don't actually answer it when they respond. When this happens, try being quiet. Silence tends to make people feel a bit awkward, so not receiving a response from you could compel them to continue talking, ultimately giving you the answer that you need..