You know what’s the most awkward thing ever? When you get nervous around somebody you don’t know very well and respond inappropriately to their polite greetings. Like when your boss walks into the office after you haven’t seen her in 2 months, and she leans in Euro-style to kiss you on the cheek and you stick out your hand to shake hers. Then your hand jabs into her ribcage, and the two of you bob back and forth a little saying things like, “Oh, oops! Haha, I was goin for the shake…” Then she says something like, “How are you?” and you say “Not much! Not much.” Then you realize what she said, and you backtrack. “Oh wait did you say ‘HOW are you?’ I thought you said ‘Hi what’s NEW.’ Haha. Uh, I’m good. I was actually just running out to the restroom, but good to see you!” and then she just kind of politely smiles and tries to greet someone else.
Literally, no meaningful words or gestures have been exchanged between the two of you but the interaction is already so excrutiating that you both just mutually abort the conversation and avoid eye contact for the next few hours. Does anyone else have this problem, or is it JUST me?