Originally Posted by connieculkins
I'm getting the message from these posts that it is okay to be gifted, but you should try not to act too smart or talk about what you are passionate about with others. Having good social skills means talking to many people about average subjects that everyone can relate to.
Social skills are things like:
noticing people's body language to see if they are interested in what you are saying
being able to greet someone
asking open ended questions
asking follow up questions
politely ending conversations
responding when others complain
responding when others state a problem
looking someone in the eye
using appropriate body language to convery interests
listening when others talk and respond to what they are saying, instead of just waiting for them to stop talking so you can talk again
being able to tell when someone is using humor
being able to tell when someone is being mean
being able to use humor
being able to initiate play with another child
being able to invite another child to one's house
being able to take turns
There's no need to limit one's self to "average subjects that everyone can relate to" but you need to check on whether or not the person you are talking to is interested in what you are talking about, and find out what they ARE interested in.
None of this has to do with "not acting too smart"