Melissa Dahl

She’ll make your awkwardness work for you.

Melissa Dahl is the author of Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness, published by Portfolio/Penguin Random House. Also, she has a day job: She’s a senior editor at The Cut, where she directs the site’s health and psychology coverage. Melissa joined New York in 2014, when she co-founded the social science site Science of Us. She is earnestly, honestly committed to helping people improve their lives with lessons drawn from psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience; self-improvement isn’t a shameful endeavor, but it shouldn’t be a shallow one, either.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, and The Guardian, among other publications; she’s also appeared on NBC’s Today show, and she’s a repeat guest on BuzzFeed’s AM2DM, where she gives evidence-based advice on topics like how to overcome self-consciousness, or how to identify your personal sleep pattern. (Melissa, fwiw, is a reluctant night owl who wrote an entire book about overcoming her own self-consciousness.)

Popular Topics

The Usefulness of Awkwardness

Every emotion, even jealousy and anger, has a purpose. What is the purpose of awkwardness and how can we use it to our advantage?

Five Common Awkward Situations and How to Navigate Them

These can include workplace or social situations. 

The Science of Romantic Relationships

Melissa writes a column for NY Mag on relationships, so she’s a good authority on this!