I can relate to this article so very much, I have never had more than 1 or maybe 2 friends at a time, and most often none, because I simply can’t deal with/don’t understand what is considered normal social behaviour. Small talk is a mystery to me, I just don’t know how people can converse about meaningless things for hours on end.
I love being alone. In fact, like most introverts, I need to be alone in order to recharge my batteries.
The difference between me and most introverts is that they still “need” or “crave” social activities and being around other people. I simply don’t and never have.
Always alone, when I was young and through my teen years (and even part of my adult-hood) people made me feel like my tendency towards solitude was pathological. I remember my parents and grandparents trying to force me to go out with friends / leave the house.
They forced e so hard, insisting that I make friends or be lonely, but I had almost no friends.
I’ve always had a pattern of only having one friend at a time and hanging out in groups has never been fun for me. Having more than one or two friends is still very difficult for me.
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