Writing for Lifehacker has taught me a lot about social interaction. I know how to watch for lies, read body language, and spot fallacies. These are useful tricks to have, but when I do it in every conversation, I overthink it.
I got here because I've read (and written) so many articles about communication that I've over-hacked communication. Every problem has a scientifically proven formula for a desired outcome, right? Communication doesn't always work that way, though. I approach conversations like a mystery that needs to get solved because I've come to fancy myself as a kind of Sherlock Holmes grade armchair psychologist. If this sounds like you, I'm here to help you learn from my mistakes. I've come up with a set of guidelines for myself to keep this from happening. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Lifehacker.