Being socially aware means you carefully consider what people want and you plan a way to communicate with them in a way that is intended to meet their needs.
Daniel Goleman says, in order to be socially aware, you need three things:
- Empathy – the ability to understand the other person’s emotions, needs and concerns
- Organisational Awareness – the ability to understand the politics attracted to the situation and how these affect the people involved
- Service – the ability to understand as meet the needs of the people
If you’re a person with high social awareness it typically means you have the ability to understand and respond to the needs of others. The ability of social awareness is so vital.
There are so many academically smart people in this world but they don’t have the social awareness to help them apply their skills to real-world social situations.
Maybe because of how reliant on digital communication, social networking apps and other forms of new age media we are now we have been led to social isolation we a lacking the face to face experience of empathy.
Think about it. It is so easy to unfriend someone or say negative things about others if you don’t have to do it to their face. If you aren’t being engaged in conversation you can simply just log off, all because, it is the easy option out of a situation.
Less empathy leads to less trust as we don’t have to work to understand the needs of those you call your ‘best friends’.
Don’t get me wrong, I am caught in this trap. There are times I would rather like and share videos of cats doing random things. But I am trying to change that.
Things you can do to become more socially aware:
- Disconnect – set multiple times in the day where you aren’t online or listening to music through your headphones. My main thing is always wearing my headphones.
- Have some offline FaceTime with the people close to you – Something I am working on is going out more to meet with my friends. As many of them have left home to go to university and me working full time, I do find it hard to find the spare time to just jump on a train and meet them but I am going to work harder to do so.
- Improve your listening skills – pay close attention to interactions with others. Be aware of what they say, how they say it and what their actions are.