I am the queen of social awkwardness. Ngau says that my demeanor and body language are non-standard, whatever that means. I am reserved and abrupt around people I don't know well, lack the talent for content-free social pleasantries, and do not participate in water cooler gossip. My boss has also not liked me since I first got here, so I have stayed well away from her for the last year and a half, which is usually easy enough since I work on a different floor. I answer her questions briefly and accurately, but volunteer no more information than requested. Also, since my Chinese still kind of sucks, I am even quieter and more awkward here than I am normally. I have actually considered whether or not I might have Aspergers, but I don't meet the criteria. I understand sarcasm and metaphor entirely too well, lack obsessive interests and have no rigid habits. For what it's worth, my boss is a clinical psychologist, but she's also an awful human being. When giving a talk about disability, she brought up her son's dyslexia and talked about how hard it was for her, as an educated and respectable person, to endure the shame of having her son's teachers accuse her of not doing enough to help him.
But actually, it ended up working in my favour. Out of all the TAs, the boss badgered me the least. I reckon I wasn't even seen as worth the trouble of giving a hard time. She only bothers people who she thinks she can extract some benefit out of. This allowed me to get on with my work instead of getting sucked into Round 18 of Bureaucratic Turf Warfare.
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