Is social interaction a genuine struggle for you?

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Pileated woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker

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Joined: 23 Feb 2005
Age: 33
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Location: NSW Australia

30 Mar 2010, 8:55 am

A gamble which can turn catastrophic. Social interation is extreme pain for negligable gain. I am usually unable to get beyond the superficial greetings and talk about work and the weather, which I tend to repeat by rote. When I try to talk into deeper, more meaningful things, people generally back off.

Friends? Forget it! People tend to lose interest in me very quickly; the ones who don't get board with me I tend to obscess over, and then they back off from my weirdness.

And yet, I must socialise, for the loneliness and isolation is a crushing weight for which I am hardly able to bear.

Social interation is exhausting, bewildering, but necessary. For the alternatives are far worse.


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Joined: 18 Sep 2008
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30 Mar 2010, 12:07 pm

I'm an acivities based person so if there are social events centered around activities I enjoy, I'm usually good to go. For example, I love board games. Not boring games like Risk and Monopoly, but war/strategy/euro themed games. I have a group of guys I know who also enjoy those games and we get together a few times a month to play. That is pretty much my only social interaction. In that kind of environment, I probably seem completely normal. However, if it's a purely social engagement like a dinner party or some kind of reception. I usually just try to stay off to the side until I can leave.