How to Deal with Social Dilemmas

Feeling left out? Read up on some familiar social dilemmas and find a unique way to make each one work.
by Jillian Gatcheco   |  Jan 22, 2012
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DILEMMA: They’re all into boys, while I’m not.

It’s post-soiree, and everyone’s been gushing about how many cute guys are boyfriend-worthy. Suddenly, co-ed parties are popping up everywhere, but you’d rather hang out with your girlfriends at home. You totally feel left out and abandoned. Whatever happened to girl power?!

WORK IT!

Being "into boys" doesn't mean having a boyfriend. It's good to widen your social circle and be open to meeting new acquaintances. Besides, you never know when it's going to be handy to have a guy friend or two (two words: prom date)! Just try to go out of your comfort zone once in a while—but you don't have to linger outside of it.

DILEMMA: No one digs my interests.

Whether you're geeky or just plain eccentric, no one seems to share your likes, and it makes you feel like an alien. As a result, you hide your true personality and pretend to blend in with everyone else.

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WORK IT!

In the movie Happy Feet, Mumble was thought of as different, but he still shone because he didn’t think of what others would say. He danced to his own beat, and showed everyone how fun it was to be real. Take after this penguin and realize that as long as you’re not doing anything bad, compromising your personality shouldn’t even be an option. Dare to stand out and be loved for who you are, not who you’re trying to be!

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