The results you get with people and the awesomeness of your social life are to a large extent a result of your ability to calibrate socially. This is why developing your social calibration is one of the most beneficial personal development steps you could ever make.

Social calibration is your ability to adapt your behavior to the social situation you're in and the person you're interacting with, in order to create a positive experience for all parties involved.

It's not the same as being a people pleaser. The idea is not to become someone else. The idea is to make small tweaks to your behavior in social situations, in order to make interactions run more smoothly.

Above all, social calibration is based on your ability to read social cues and to understand social dynamics. So, in order to become socially calibrated, it is imperative to develop these two skills.

The best way I know to do so is through social experience. The most socially intelligent people are the ones who have a lot of social experience. They've interacted with lots of other people, lots of times, in a variety of circumstances.

As you accumulate social experience, your mind naturally integrates it all and forms a mental model of people's behavior. It sees the patterns and it becomes better able to accurately assess people.

You become better at reading people, at decoding subtle gestures, and you gain this intuitive sense of what is the best thing to do in a certain social context. You just know it. You know what behavior will generate what reaction.

This is the most important part: getting social experience.

On top of this, it also helps if every once in a while, you reflect on some of the social experiences you went through. If you had a conversation with two persons and you made a certain joke, and one person laughed while the other got upset, think about that a bit.

Why were the reactions so different? You may not come up with a definite answer, but as you contemplate this a bit, your mind will generate more connections and you become even more socially calibrated.

Just make sure to not obsess over certain social experiences. Analyze them a bit, and move on.

One more thing worth adding is that your attitude plays a big role here as well.

If you don't care at all about other people's feelings, you won't care too much about calibration, so you could go through hundreds of social interactions and you still won't learn anything and you won't become more socially savvy.

On the other hand, if you care too much about others and you're an approval seeker, everything you could say or do will seem wrong or risky, so you'll end up being a shy and rigid person in social interactions instead of a smooth person.

The key is balance: care about other people, but be willing to upset other sometimes as well. Be kind with others, but be yourself at the same time.

It is this mix that creates the best results with people. And this kind of attitude helps you become socially calibrated the most. Practice it, as well as the other idea I discussed here, and you'll see this for yourself.

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