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Being around other people is important for our mental health. It helps keep our brain in a good state and also helps lower the risk of certain health conditions. Visit social to find out more about the importance of socialising and spending time with others.

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Tips On Social

Practice Active Listening

Good social interactions begin with good listening. When someone else is speaking, focus fully on what they’re saying rather than thinking about your response. Show you’re listening through your body language, and by paraphrasing or asking questions to clarify understanding. This shows respect and interest, and encourages open communication.

Understand Non-Verbal Communication

Much of our communication is non-verbal, including facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. Being aware of your own non-verbal cues and being able to interpret those of others can significantly improve your social interactions. For example, maintaining eye contact shows you’re engaged, while open body language makes you appear more approachable.

Be Empathetic

Empathy – understanding and sharing the feelings of others – is a key social skill. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, especially when they’re expressing strong emotions or facing difficulties. Show that you understand and care about their feelings. This can help build trust and deepen your relationships.

Practice Effective Communication

Effective communication involves clearly expressing your thoughts and feelings while also respecting those of others. This includes speaking clearly, staying focused on the topic, and using “I” statements to express your feelings (for example, “I feel upset when…”). Remember, effective communication also involves managing disagreements in a respectful way.

Respect Differences

In our diverse society, you’ll interact with people who have different backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives. Respecting these differences is essential for healthy social interactions. Try to learn from others and appreciate their unique experiences. Avoid making assumptions and be open to different points of view.



Social Quiz

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Which of the following is true of humans?

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Normalcy describes:

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Conformity is:

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A social group can be defined as:

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Five people are playing with marbles. What type of group are they?

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Common-law unions are:

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A nuclear family consists of:

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A leader is a person who:

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“Man must be co-operative with others in order to survive”. In what form is this co-operation best reflected internationally? In the formation of:

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Members of a touring cricket team may be classified as all of the following except:

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A family is both:

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Which of the following is a voluntary organization?

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The type of leadership that is naturally inherited is known as:

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An informal group is usually:

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The term ‘generation gap’ describes:

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A formal group has the following characteristics:

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Which one of the following is not a primary group

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The following are examples of economic institutions:

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An institution can be defined as:

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