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I'd like to ask for advice on becoming more socially intelligent; for example, when encountering another person whose behaviour people describe as difficult or troublesome, I usually don't see what the problem is until someone points it out to me. But I suspect that questions asking "How can I improve x personal aspect?" or "How to be more y" don't fit comfortably on Stack Exchange; I've not seen any site so far which appears to house such questions. There's Skeptics, but that seems to concentrate on external issues rather than internal ones.

So my question has three parts:

  1. Is there an appropriate SE website for questions about personal development?

  2. If not, should I try to propose this website on Area 51?

  3. Or, is this topic area too unsuitable for SE?

  • I notice that someone has proposed a self-improvement SE on Area 51, but this appears geared towards people who want to help other people (therapists, coaches etc.) not for people who want help themselves. – Lou Jun 15 '14 at 17:29
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UPDATE: The Productivity Stack Exchange site has been closed for a while now. But the other sites are still an option!

If you're looking for advice, there is a tag on Personal Productivity with questions like "How to Improve Inter-personal Skills".

Depending on the setting in question, you might want to consider Academia or The Workplace, especially if you can break your question down into one specific issue at a time that arises commonly in the given setting.

If you're not looking for personalized advice, but are interested in scientific theory and research on social intelligence and its modification, consider Cognitive Sciences. The and tags may be of use. For an example question, compare "Accuracy of social judgements of observers watching business meetings".

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  • I am looking for advice. I don't know if PP is what I want though, it's explicitly work-focused. This leads me to think I should put a proposal on Area 51, but I want to make sure nobody thinks that this is inappropriate for an SE site proposal. – Lou Jun 15 '14 at 20:15
  • It's not inappropriate, but it's not very unique. You'll have a hard time getting the site proposal to survive given all the overlap (competition, effectively) in your area of interest. A Mental Fitness beta tried to go this way and failed pretty miserably a month or two ago. – Nick Stauner Jun 15 '14 at 20:18
  • Do you mean that it's too broad in focus? – Lou Jun 15 '14 at 20:19
  • I'm just a little confused by "not very unique", because you seem to be suggesting that the topic encompasses too many areas. I don't see where uniquity comes into it. – Lou Jun 15 '14 at 20:22
  • I think Nick is not saying that the idea lacks specificity, but that it is already being submitted fairly often. – Ghosty Jun 16 '14 at 0:19
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UPDATE:: The websites mentioned here is closed now. The answer has become irrelevent.

I think this site https://productivity.stackexchange.com/ would probably be your best bet.

From there https://productivity.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic page :

What topics can I ask about here?

Personal Productivity Stack Exchange
is for people wanting to improve their personal productivity. If you
have a question about...
achieving a productivity workflow, using techniques like GTD, Covey, Pomodoro, etc.
fighting procrastination by getting energetic and motivated
workflow
ergonomics
effective sleep habits and the entire sleep-wake transition
learning, memory and creativity

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  • Not quite what I'm after, I'm more interested in questions like 'How can I be less aggressive' or 'How can I improve my hand eye coordination' or in my case 'How can I be more socially critical?' Productivity is work related, what I'm looking for is more broadly about self improvement – Lou Jun 15 '14 at 19:40
  • This site is closed – Laurel Jul 27 '18 at 15:42
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No there isn't, but there should be one, if not many.

Personal Productivity, is not what your looking for and besides its closed anyways.

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  • Self improvement is an all encompassing subject. It deals with helping a person develop, change, and grow. possibly there is no Stack exchange self improvement equivalent, because it wouldn't flourish, unless there was a large group of people who work on their self improvement. The question is why wouldn't therapists and social workers seek to create such a site? Also the questions that may be asked have allot more depth then a tech problem or a math problem, even if they may be more sophisticated. Depth requires self work and to be of any value, and can't just be theorized about. – Sir_Arch_Ing Jan 16 at 20:15

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