Social competence is a complex, multidimensional concept consisting of social, emotional, cognitive skills, as well as motivational and expectancy sets needed for successful social adaptation.
Social competence also reflects having an ability to take another’s perspective concerning a situation, learn from past experiences, and apply that learning to the changes in social interactions.
Social competence is the foundation upon which expectations for future interaction with others is built, and upon which individuals develop perceptions of their own behavior.
Often, the concept of social competence frequently encompasses additional constructs such as social skills, social communication, and interpersonal communication.(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)