The So­cial Func­tion

Men's Health (Australia) - - Mind -

Just chuck down a few drinks, right? Wrong, says Ack­land. “That just re­in­forces the ‘threat’. It says: ‘This sit­u­a­tion is so bad I need to be tanked to give it a go’.” Okay, how? Work out why you’re fear­ful of the peo­ple in the room. Is it some­thing that hap­pened pre­vi­ously? “When we work out what it is that con­cerns us we can work through it and neu­tralise it,” says Ack­land. If there’s no good rea­son, em­ploy some cov­er­sa­tion ba­sics: in­tro­duce your­self to some­one who’s alone and ask them a ques­tion. Lis­ten to their an­swer, then try a fol­low-up. Now you’re chat­ting, and cru­cially, you’re part of the room rather than look­ing in.

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