Over the past few months I've seen the phrase "social skills" being chucked around like a Maori child on social welfare. What do people actually mean when they say "social skills" are they talking about things like decency, honesty, humility and generosity; or by "social skills" do they mean just smiling nicely and talking a whole lot of shit, basically whatever it takes to convince people of your backward thinking? I've met many people who have the latter form of social skills and many of them are manipulative and self-centred.
In my opinion "social skills" are things like honesty and humility. You know, basic human values that promote trust and decency.