The upside of awkwardness: Writer Melissa Dahl explains why we cringe, and why it can be a good thing
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Its hard to fault anyone for thinking that awkwardness is to be avoided. The familiar, sinking feeling of knowing youve embarrassed yourself does not rank high on the hierarchy of desirable emotions.
Still, says journalist Melissa Dahl, there is something to be gained in embracing awkwardnessand the much-hated feeling can bring us together. Dahl, a senior editor at New York Magazines The Cut, is the author of Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness, out today from Portfolio Books. Shes spent two years studying awkwardness, which means immersing herself in the psychological research, but also putting herself to the test by talking to strangers on the subway and reading her seventh-grade diary in front of a crowd.
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