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Professor and TED speaker Ty Tashiro, who also wrote The Science of Happily Ever After, has a special faith in awkward people. He urges them to see accepting their oddities and special talents as the doorway to achieving amazing things. He explains that high achievers – whom some other people might see as awkward – have the ability to focus intently on a limited area. They search with zeal for answers to questions outside the mainstream. Tashiro explains the challenges that awkward people face and how they contribute to society. They strive to excel in areas that interest them, like technology, culture or entertainment. If you feel awkward or if you’re a manager who wants to harness the talents of awkward people, you’ll welcome Tashiro’s insights and advice.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How awkward people perceive their environment,
  • Why awkwardness survives even though the need to belong is a strong human trait, and
  • How awkward people can accept their oddities and special talents and achieve amazing things.  
 

About the Author

Ty Tashiro, PhD, a former professor at the University of Maryland and the University of Colorado, is a writer and relationship expert. He also wrote The Science of Happily Ever After.

 

Summary

Being Awkward

“Awkward people” perceive their environment in a distinctly differently way than “non-awkward people.” People who aren’t awkward sense the nuances in a room, for instance; they know what conventional behavior demands. Awkward people see the world in disconnected patches. They fail to see the big picture, though they perceive certain parts of it with great clarity.


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