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124 Examples of Social Development

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Social development is the process of acquiring social thinking, perception and behaviors. This begins as an infant with the initial stages of bonding with your primary caregivers. Social development occurs mostly in childhood with processes such as communication, peer interaction and play. Adults can also continue to develop social capacities and to change their approach to social situations at any age. The following are illustrative examples of social development.
Ability to Justify Your Ideas / Actions / Emotions
Ability to Structure Social Activities - e.g. inventing a game and getting people to play
Acceptance / Inclusion of Others
Accepting Consequences
Accepting the Mistakes of Others
Acknowledging Others
Active Silence
Affection
Appropriate Conformity - following the rules to some degree when it makes sense
Appropriate Honesty / Candor
Appropriate Humility - e.g. not bragging
Asking Questions / Follow Up Questions
Being Yourself / Adapting Self to Social Situations
Body Language
Bonding
Change Acceptance
Charisma
Collaborative Creation
Competition
Competitive Play / Sports / Games / Video Games
Complimenting Others / Positive Communication
Comprimising
Conflict Resolution
Constructive Criticism
Conversation Endings / Wrapping Up Conversation
Conversational Habits - e.g. not interrupting
Coolness - a gentle social confidence and calmness
Cooperating
Cooperative Play
Dealing With Criticism
Dealing With Failure
Dealing With Rejection
Dealing With Winning / Losing
Dealing with Social Exclusion
Dealing with Teasing
Debate / Argument
Discussing Problems As Opposed to Acting Out
Emotion Regulation
Emotion Vocabulary - being able to verbalize what you are feeling
Emotional Display Norms - not laughing at a funeral
Emotional Expression
Empathy
Establishing Likability - being your pleasant self and avoiding negative behaviors
Establishing Social Status
Eye Contact
Following Conversation / Not Changing Topic Randomly
Following Directions
Following Leaders - when it makes sense
Forgiveness
Friendship
Generosity
Gestures
Greetings & Goodbyes
Handling Criticism
Helping Others
Humor
Identifying Commonalities
Improvisation
Inclusion
Independence - ability to differentiate yourself from the group
Initiating Conversation
Initiating Play
Interpersonal Distance / Personal Space
Introductions / Introducing Self
Invitations / Organizing Social Things
Joint Attention - shared focus on something
Kairos
Languages
Leadership
Listening
Looking-Glass Self - considering how others think / feel about you
Loyalty
Negotiation
Norms
Nuanced Communication
Openness
Participation in Group Discussion
Paying Attention to Others
Peer Interactions
Perception of Social Status
Personal Hygiene
Personal Presence
Perspective-taking
Persuasion
Play
Politeness
Pushing In
Reading / Communicating Social Cues
Relying on Others
Requesting Help
Resolving Misunderstandings
Responding to Questions
Rough & Tumble Play
Saving Face / Not Embarrassing Others
Seeing the Good in Others
Self-Awareness
Self-Concept
Self-Confidence / Self-Esteem
Self-Control
Self-Monitoring
Sense of Fairness
Sharing
Showing Interest in Others - e.g. asking questions after they tell a story
Social Flexibility - e.g. allowing others to join a conversation or game
Social Identity
Social Imagination - the ability to see that things can be different
Social Perception
Social Persistence - not easily sidelined or discouraged
Social Referencing - learning by watching others
Social Resilience - bounces back from stress without loss of enthusiasm
Speaking Volume
Staying Social Under Stress - e.g. don't become quiet and unresponsive when you are worried
Storytelling
Sympathy
Tact
Theory of Mind - reading / guessing the mental states of others
Tone of Voice / Speaking Mannerisms
Trust
Turn-Taking
Understanding Impact - e.g. noticing when you have hurt someone's feelings and how that might play out
Use of Fashion / Style
Verbal Communication
Verbalizing Stress As Opposed to Acting Out
Wit
Kairos is a sense of social timing -- the opportune time to say something.
Overview: Social Development
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The process of acquiring social thinking, perception and behaviors.
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