7 Clever Ways to Survive an Awkward Situation ...

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If you're easily embarrassed, there are plenty of convenient ways to survive an awkward situation.

You don't have to smile, and pretend like things are A-ok.

You can succumb to your instincts, and treat the situation in a way that feels natural.

Here are some ways to survive an awkward situation, so you never run out of options:

1. Hide behind Your Phone

If you’re stuck in a room with someone you don’t want to have a conversation with, take out your handy dandy cell phone.

You don’t have to bother your friends with lame conversation starters just so you look busy, so open up an app and pretend to type away.

You can even play Flappy Bird or Angry Birds or look at pictures of a bird.

Using your phone as an emotional shield is one of the easiest ways to survive an awkward situation.

Hopefully the other person will have left the room by the time you look up.

2. Run as Fast as You Can

If you know an awkward encounter is on the horizon, run the other way.3

Of course, this will make things more awkward the next time you see them and they ask, “Hey, why’d you run away the other day?” In order to avoid this, just keep running.

In fact, never stop.

3. Lie like a Rug

If a stranger thinks that they know you from somewhere, pretend that you remember them.2

Lying isn’t healthy, but it can sure save you from embarrassment.

If you’re ever worried about what someone will think of your actual opinion, lie.

If you want to leave a party early, lie.

It’s the answer to all of your problems.

4. Never Leave Your Room

If you never interact with other people, you’ll never stand the chance of having an awkward moment.2

Play it safe and talk to people online.

If things get awkward there, all you have to do is close the tab, and they’re out of your life forever.

It’s much easier to hide away than face the world.

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