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Cousin Pat aka Dr. Patrick Argiro on the Importance of Social Awareness

Cousin Pat explains that social awareness is an essential skill that every individual should learn and improve upon.

The ability to understand others’ feelings and viewpoints is referred to as social awareness, as well as the ability to understand the different behaviors expected in different situations.

  • An understanding of social norms

The following is an example …  

             Whenever someone opens the door for you, you say “thank you”

  • An understanding of body language, facial expressions, and voice tone

The following is an example …  

             You can tell that your friend is upset by her expression.

  • Consider others’ viewpoints and feelings

The following is an example … 

         My sister spends a lot of time on the Internet. My favorite thing to do is be out and   about, but that’s how she stays connected.”

  • Understanding that appropriate behavior depends on the situation

The following is an example … 

You speak to a mentor differently than a colleague.’’

  • Respecting and appreciating diversity

The following is an example …

             Respect and courtesy are your hallmarks.

Taking Action to Promote Social Awareness

The Golden Rule says to treat others as you would like to be treated.  To have social awareness, you must treat others the way they would like to be treated.

The following is an example …

  • As you and your friends joke around and tease each other, one of your newer friends gets quiet and looks upset.
  • As you realize your teasing is making her uncomfortable, you stop, tell her you were only kidding, and vow not to do it again.

Increasing Social Awareness

Dr. Patrick Argiro aka Cousin Pat has a few suggestions …

  • Ask for feedback
    • Talk to someone you trust about how you “come off” to others
  • Be aware of your body language.
    • How you hold yourself can send messages to others that might not match
    • How you really feel. For instance, slouching and crossing your arms might make you appear bored or unhappy, even if you aren’t.
  • Try not to make assumptions.
    • It’s natural to draw conclusions about people based on your past experiences. (She doesn’t say much. I don’t think she’s very friendly.” Try to work on reserving judgment until you talk to someone and really get to know them.

Dr. Patrick Argiro aka Cousin Pat has a few suggestions …

Social Awareness Questions/Exercises

  1. Can you describe a time when you used social awareness skills?
  2. What is the importance of social awareness to you?