Tag Archive: Social Skills

How to React When Your First Impression Is Negative

Someone found this blog recently by searching for the title of this post. I talked about first impressions last summer, but I don’t remember ever discussing what to do with them. Here’s the thing – first impressions aren’t always correct. Some people have silver tongues when you first meet them but quickly reveal serious character…






The Internet is not a Four-Letter Word

Over the last year or so some of the most popular search terms for this blog have been related to whether or not the Internet is good for our social skills. I’ve had an online presence since the spring of 1999 and ever since then have heard the same arguments against spending time online trotted…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






When Is a Topic (in)Appropriate?

Recently someone stumbled across On the Other Hand by googling this question: What topics are off limits for most people to express? A contentious debate with a friend who is firmly lodged on the other side of a controversial issue can be absolutely acceptable while bringing up something as ordinary as what someone else is eating or wearing could be…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






Has the Internet Destroyed Our Social Skills?

Over the last week I’ve stumbled across multiple articles and blog posts that claim the Internet is destroying our social skills. There is no denying that the Internet changed how we communicated with friends and family in faraway cities in an instant. I’ve reconnected with people I haven’t seen in person for 10 or 15…






Tag Archive: Social Skills

How to React When Your First Impression Is Negative

Someone found this blog recently by searching for the title of this post. I talked about first impressions last summer, but I don’t remember ever discussing what to do with them. Here’s the thing – first impressions aren’t always correct. Some people have silver tongues when you first meet them but quickly reveal serious character…






The Internet is not a Four-Letter Word

Over the last year or so some of the most popular search terms for this blog have been related to whether or not the Internet is good for our social skills. I’ve had an online presence since the spring of 1999 and ever since then have heard the same arguments against spending time online trotted…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






When Is a Topic (in)Appropriate?

Recently someone stumbled across On the Other Hand by googling this question: What topics are off limits for most people to express? A contentious debate with a friend who is firmly lodged on the other side of a controversial issue can be absolutely acceptable while bringing up something as ordinary as what someone else is eating or wearing could be…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






Has the Internet Destroyed Our Social Skills?

Over the last week I’ve stumbled across multiple articles and blog posts that claim the Internet is destroying our social skills. There is no denying that the Internet changed how we communicated with friends and family in faraway cities in an instant. I’ve reconnected with people I haven’t seen in person for 10 or 15…






Tag Archive: Social Skills

How to React When Your First Impression Is Negative

Someone found this blog recently by searching for the title of this post. I talked about first impressions last summer, but I don’t remember ever discussing what to do with them. Here’s the thing – first impressions aren’t always correct. Some people have silver tongues when you first meet them but quickly reveal serious character…






The Internet is not a Four-Letter Word

Over the last year or so some of the most popular search terms for this blog have been related to whether or not the Internet is good for our social skills. I’ve had an online presence since the spring of 1999 and ever since then have heard the same arguments against spending time online trotted…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






When Is a Topic (in)Appropriate?

Recently someone stumbled across On the Other Hand by googling this question: What topics are off limits for most people to express? A contentious debate with a friend who is firmly lodged on the other side of a controversial issue can be absolutely acceptable while bringing up something as ordinary as what someone else is eating or wearing could be…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






Has the Internet Destroyed Our Social Skills?

Over the last week I’ve stumbled across multiple articles and blog posts that claim the Internet is destroying our social skills. There is no denying that the Internet changed how we communicated with friends and family in faraway cities in an instant. I’ve reconnected with people I haven’t seen in person for 10 or 15…






Tag Archive: Social Skills

How to React When Your First Impression Is Negative

Someone found this blog recently by searching for the title of this post. I talked about first impressions last summer, but I don’t remember ever discussing what to do with them. Here’s the thing – first impressions aren’t always correct. Some people have silver tongues when you first meet them but quickly reveal serious character…






The Internet is not a Four-Letter Word

Over the last year or so some of the most popular search terms for this blog have been related to whether or not the Internet is good for our social skills. I’ve had an online presence since the spring of 1999 and ever since then have heard the same arguments against spending time online trotted…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






When Is a Topic (in)Appropriate?

Recently someone stumbled across On the Other Hand by googling this question: What topics are off limits for most people to express? A contentious debate with a friend who is firmly lodged on the other side of a controversial issue can be absolutely acceptable while bringing up something as ordinary as what someone else is eating or wearing could be…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






Has the Internet Destroyed Our Social Skills?

Over the last week I’ve stumbled across multiple articles and blog posts that claim the Internet is destroying our social skills. There is no denying that the Internet changed how we communicated with friends and family in faraway cities in an instant. I’ve reconnected with people I haven’t seen in person for 10 or 15…






Tag Archive: Social Skills

How to React When Your First Impression Is Negative

Someone found this blog recently by searching for the title of this post. I talked about first impressions last summer, but I don’t remember ever discussing what to do with them. Here’s the thing – first impressions aren’t always correct. Some people have silver tongues when you first meet them but quickly reveal serious character…






The Internet is not a Four-Letter Word

Over the last year or so some of the most popular search terms for this blog have been related to whether or not the Internet is good for our social skills. I’ve had an online presence since the spring of 1999 and ever since then have heard the same arguments against spending time online trotted…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






When Is a Topic (in)Appropriate?

Recently someone stumbled across On the Other Hand by googling this question: What topics are off limits for most people to express? A contentious debate with a friend who is firmly lodged on the other side of a controversial issue can be absolutely acceptable while bringing up something as ordinary as what someone else is eating or wearing could be…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






Has the Internet Destroyed Our Social Skills?

Over the last week I’ve stumbled across multiple articles and blog posts that claim the Internet is destroying our social skills. There is no denying that the Internet changed how we communicated with friends and family in faraway cities in an instant. I’ve reconnected with people I haven’t seen in person for 10 or 15…






Tag Archive: Social Skills

How to React When Your First Impression Is Negative

Someone found this blog recently by searching for the title of this post. I talked about first impressions last summer, but I don’t remember ever discussing what to do with them. Here’s the thing – first impressions aren’t always correct. Some people have silver tongues when you first meet them but quickly reveal serious character…






The Internet is not a Four-Letter Word

Over the last year or so some of the most popular search terms for this blog have been related to whether or not the Internet is good for our social skills. I’ve had an online presence since the spring of 1999 and ever since then have heard the same arguments against spending time online trotted…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






When Is a Topic (in)Appropriate?

Recently someone stumbled across On the Other Hand by googling this question: What topics are off limits for most people to express? A contentious debate with a friend who is firmly lodged on the other side of a controversial issue can be absolutely acceptable while bringing up something as ordinary as what someone else is eating or wearing could be…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






Has the Internet Destroyed Our Social Skills?

Over the last week I’ve stumbled across multiple articles and blog posts that claim the Internet is destroying our social skills. There is no denying that the Internet changed how we communicated with friends and family in faraway cities in an instant. I’ve reconnected with people I haven’t seen in person for 10 or 15…






Tag Archive: Social Skills

How to React When Your First Impression Is Negative

Someone found this blog recently by searching for the title of this post. I talked about first impressions last summer, but I don’t remember ever discussing what to do with them. Here’s the thing – first impressions aren’t always correct. Some people have silver tongues when you first meet them but quickly reveal serious character…






The Internet is not a Four-Letter Word

Over the last year or so some of the most popular search terms for this blog have been related to whether or not the Internet is good for our social skills. I’ve had an online presence since the spring of 1999 and ever since then have heard the same arguments against spending time online trotted…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






When Is a Topic (in)Appropriate?

Recently someone stumbled across On the Other Hand by googling this question: What topics are off limits for most people to express? A contentious debate with a friend who is firmly lodged on the other side of a controversial issue can be absolutely acceptable while bringing up something as ordinary as what someone else is eating or wearing could be…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






Has the Internet Destroyed Our Social Skills?

Over the last week I’ve stumbled across multiple articles and blog posts that claim the Internet is destroying our social skills. There is no denying that the Internet changed how we communicated with friends and family in faraway cities in an instant. I’ve reconnected with people I haven’t seen in person for 10 or 15…






Tag Archive: Social Skills

How to React When Your First Impression Is Negative

Someone found this blog recently by searching for the title of this post. I talked about first impressions last summer, but I don’t remember ever discussing what to do with them. Here’s the thing – first impressions aren’t always correct. Some people have silver tongues when you first meet them but quickly reveal serious character…






The Internet is not a Four-Letter Word

Over the last year or so some of the most popular search terms for this blog have been related to whether or not the Internet is good for our social skills. I’ve had an online presence since the spring of 1999 and ever since then have heard the same arguments against spending time online trotted…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






The Small Talk Chronicles: Good Questions

Part one in this series. One of the most difficult things about small talk (at least for me) is figuring out what sort of questions are both appropriate and interesting for the setting. Inquiries like where do you work?, are you married? or do you have kids? seem to be fairly common. There’s absolutely nothing impolite…






When Is a Topic (in)Appropriate?

Recently someone stumbled across On the Other Hand by googling this question: What topics are off limits for most people to express? A contentious debate with a friend who is firmly lodged on the other side of a controversial issue can be absolutely acceptable while bringing up something as ordinary as what someone else is eating or wearing could be…






The Small Talk Chronicles

One of the things I dread about making new friends are the politely inane conversations people tumble into when they first meet. So many topics are off-limits for these conversations because they can so quickly devolve into hard feelings or a clash of ideologies. Most safe topics aren’t things I have ever fired up my…






Has the Internet Destroyed Our Social Skills?

Over the last week I’ve stumbled across multiple articles and blog posts that claim the Internet is destroying our social skills. There is no denying that the Internet changed how we communicated with friends and family in faraway cities in an instant. I’ve reconnected with people I haven’t seen in person for 10 or 15…