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Michelle Otelsberg(Marriage & Family Therapist)answered(1/30/2013)Hi Kristina - Since I don't know where you live, I can't offer specifics, but if you google social skills groups you may find a place near your home that offers training. You can also take a speech class if you are still in school - sometimes public speaking classes can help you gain confidence which will translate to social skills. If neither of these are possible, you have a couple of other options: you can seek out a therapist who can help you with one-on-one treatment, you can ask a close trusted friend for their feedback, or you can watch other people and how they interact and try to pick up on social cues from them. Good Luck!
Anna R. Edwards, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)answered(3/2/2013)The best way to work on your social and life skills is to get some practice. Start out small and keep it going. There are usually plenty of opportunities in our daily lives. When you get a cup of coffee ask the Starbucks barrista how her day is going. Riding the bus? Talk to your neighbor about the traffic, the weather, or, if you're up for it, the novel he's reading. We all get rusty when we don't do things and much of your lack of skills may actually be perception versus reality. By committing to taking small steps daily you can acquire both social skills and confidence. As you start to build confidence you can begin to approach more difficult goals. A therapist can provide the knowledge and support to help you along your way.