Social Skills Activities
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Social skills exercises and activities
We develop both positive and negative social skills during childhood and as a result of various experiences throughout our lives.
And because we are each driven by both internal and external influences, a person’s social conduct is a mixture of personal development and learned behaviors.
Improvement of interpersonal skills begins with self improvement, as it is self awareness and self acceptance that helps us understand and relate well to others. Areas to address in personal development include:
When you feel good about yourself and have confidence in your ability to handle social situations, you can play a positive role in a variety of scenarios, such as:
- Healthy Relationships
Attention to these areas benefits you and those around you, as it promotes stress management, positive self concept and improved relationships with others.
Role playing is one of the most helpful activities for improving social skills, as it creates a mock scenario and allows you to practice skills for any area of your life.
- Communication: Be it verbal or written communication, it determines the person’s ability to communicate their thoughts, feelings, emotions and intentions, as well as their ability to actively listen to input from others. Their non-verbal communication, such as body language, may indicate difficulties in other areas, such as aggression or low self-esteem.
Social Interactions: Effective communication is the foundation to positive interactions, but varying levels of communication skills will influence a person’s success in social relationships. An assessment may look at a person’s communication style, such as assertive or passive-aggressive, and determine their ability to empathize, negotiate and share with others.
Stress Management : An inability to manage stress can affect a person’s self-esteem and social relationships, which is why it’s important to assess their coping skills. A clinical assessment may also look for underlying sources of stress, such as problems at home or in relationships.
You may have heard the common saying that we have two ears and one mouth for good reason—and you probably know a few people who could benefit from hearing it, too! We don’t often think of listening to others as being a skill—our ears hear for us—but active listening requires effort, practice and concentration.
The first step to active listening is to shut off your internal dialogue while someone else is speaking. This means, no thinking about what you’ll have for lunch or about what you’ll say to this person when he stops talking.
Active listening can be much more difficult than it sounds, but you will improve your skill and strengthen your relationship to the speaker by restating the key points of what he or she is saying to you.
By practicing empathy and paying attention to the speaker’s verbal and non-verbal behaviors, too, you will master active listening.
Speaker (with clenched fists): “I can’t handle this anymore! I don’t know what she expects me to do in this situation, and nothing I do is good enough.”
Active Listener (relaxed and nodding): “You’re angry that she won’t give you any idea of what she wants. Is that what you are saying?”
Active listening ensures mutual understanding and strengthens the relationship between people. It can make a huge difference in spousal and other familial relationships. Start really listening, and repeating back what you hear so there can be no misunderstanding.
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