Navigate better in the labyrinth of social situations

02/19/2010 15:38
Navigate better in the labyrinth of social situations - relationship

Getting on with the in-laws, co-workers and friends can be difficult at times. One may not always know what to say or how to react in delicate situations. But fear not, there is a dim light at the end of the tunnel lit by a New York Times column to assist you with social dilemmas.

The column "Social Q’s" by Philip Galanes helps navigating your way out of the labyrinth of relationships.

"I work closely with a man in my office. When we’re alone, one of his favorite topics is how many clients are attracted to him. His comments don’t feel threatening or harassing to me as a woman. But how can I discourage this topic without embarrassing him or spoiling our working relationship?


Your colleague must be extremely insecure — or incredibly hot. (And like most people who are too sexy for their shirts, a giant pain.)

Unfortunately for you, co-workers share two unsavory traits with blood relatives: We take them as we find them, and we’re rarely able to trade them in. What’s worse, you’ll probably spend more time with this Adonis-wannabe than with your love interest or friends.

(Still, I’m glad to hear he’s more doofus than harasser.)

Next time your overconfident colleague tells you that a client has taken a shine to him, just say with a grin, “Gee, I thought she was hot for me!” A couple of those should stop him in his tracks."


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