Originally Posted by andrew
Also, on a side note. If you know how to be sarcastic, tease, tell a good story, have a good sense of humor etc, you're less likely to become offended and more likely to understand those kinds of social cues. It's very valuable quality to have, and your life is much less stressfull I find.
I can corroborate this. When I was dumped into high school after home-schooling for so long (I had never been around so many people!), I found myself very sensitive to this kind of thing. I had absolutely no idea whether someone was being friendly or patronizing me. In retrospect, I often reacted entirely the wrong way. A friendly slap on the back was enough to set me off. How could hitting someone be nice? As andrew said, I didn't understand those kinds of social cues.
We live in a world inhabited by a lot of other people. How do we get along except through compromise? I think it really is important to know when to shrug off the little things.
-- Daniel Terhorst