Social intelligence is a skill that is decreasing by the day. As technology has progressed, we interact with people less and spend more time alone.
Improving social intelligence is a daunting task, and one might ask if it’s even possible to do so.
The answer is yes, but it’s rather complicated.
Think of social intelligence as a skill that has to be sharpened to be effective.
If you don’t practice and apply the principles consistently in a variety of situations, over time you lose the skill and hence your social intelligence lowers. This is simply because you are less in touch with reality and social dynamics.
Social interaction is what tells us valuable information about ourselves. We can’t be isolated if we want to have strong social skills.
Introverts are going to always need more social practice than extraverts. Unfortunately, we tend to prefer being alone more, but that often causes us to form irrational assumptions about ourselves and others because we aren’t receiving any kind of data or feedback.
So the bottom line is – if you want to improve your life and social skills — start talking to more people every day. Join groups, events, and optimize your social media. Do what you can to make friends and put your shyness aside. End of story.