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  1. Social skills

    A social skill is any competence facilitating interaction and communication with others where social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways. The process of learning these skills is called socialization. Lack of such skills can cause social awkwardness. Interpersonal skills are actions used to effectively interact with others. Interpersonal skills relate to categories of dominance vs. submission, love vs. hate, affiliation vs. aggression, and control vs. autonomy (Leary, 1957). Positive interpersonal skills include persuasion, active listening, delegation, and stewardship, among others. Social psychology, an academic discipline focused on research relating to social functioning, studies how interpersonal skills are learned through societal-based changes in attitude, thinking, and behavior.


  1. Social skills

    Social skill is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others. Social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways. The process of learning such skills is called socialization. Interpersonal skills are sometimes also referred to as people skills or communication skills. Interpersonal skills are the skills a person uses to communicate and interact with others. They include persuasion, active listening, delegation, and leadership. The term "interpersonal skills" is used often in business contexts to refer to the measure of a person's ability to operate within business organizations through social communication and interactions. Interpersonal skills are how people relate to one another.

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  1. social skills

    The natural ability and skills to interact, socialize and communicate with animals and humans socially.

    They had the social skills necessary to have a decent life with others.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 23, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of social skills in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of social skills in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of social skills in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Wann:

    Research shows that when a team is successful, people estimate their cognitive skills to be better. They estimate their social skills to be better. When a team is successful, they have a more positive outlook on life in general.

  2. Robert Cloninger:

    If you are introverted and socially shy, then your social skills may not be very good, so using your intelligence to navigate the Internet allows you to create an image that may not be very accurate, but that gets you social contacts - it’s like you can kind of live a lie or a fantasy on the Internet.

  3. Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman:

    The cost is enormous, the data shows that homework over this level is not only not beneficial to children's grades or GPA, but there's really a plethora of evidence that it's detrimental to their attitude about school, their grades, their self-confidence, their social skills and their quality of life.

  4. Anek Belbase:

    These also are jobs where people rely on social skills, which tend to be constant or improve with age.

  5. North Charleston:

    We've got to teach our young people how to react in those situations. I spent a lot of time teaching young males to be compliant, if we don't teach them social skills, their reaction gets them in trouble.

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  • Barbara J Polk
    Barbara J Polk
    I work with elementary students and it is a challenge everyday with their behavior.You never know what to expect from day to day. You have to pick your battles with them, because if you doesn't it will be chaos every day. 
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