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Socially awkward.

I used to be so outgoing and friendly, now I get very nervous to be around people I don't know very well, especially if it's just me and one other person. It's like I'm terrified of awkward silences. I started a new job last year. It's NOT the type of office where everyone is best friends and spends much time together outside of work, but during the day people often go to lunch together or grab coffee. As soon as anyone asks me to go for coffee, I mentally freak out and think up some excuse "Oh, I've got a lot of work to do", "I already had four cups just to get through the morning!" or whatever BS springs to mind. What the hell is wrong with me? It's a cup of coffee, there's a Starbucks across the street from the building, it's not like we'd have some long awkward 10 minute car ride together. It's really just awkward silence that I'm afraid of. The few times I've agreed to go for coffee have always been right after some major-ish event occurred in the office (like the time someone freaked the fuck out and quit on the spot) because then I knew there'd be something to talk about. Can anyone relate?


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