Social skills help us connect with other people and have successful interactions. The trouble with these skills can cause problems in many areas of life. That includes school, work, home, and out in the community.
Struggling with social skills is different from not “being social.” People may want to interact. But when they do, it doesn’t go well. They might struggle to make conversation, seem out of sync, or behave in a way that turns off other people.
People may have trouble picking up on social cues and following social rules. That can make it hard to fit in, form friendships, and work with others. People may avoid interacting and feel isolated and alone with their struggles.
People have difficulty with social skills for different reasons. Sometimes, the cause is temporary. But the trouble with these skills is often part of more significant, lifelong challenges.
That doesn’t mean social abilities are set in stone. There are ways to build skills, so connecting with others and having better interactions is easier.