posted on Jun, 15 2009 @ 07:15 AM
This is a great thread, simple idea that can really make a difference if you let it.
I was an EXTREMELY outgoing and social kid, anywhere my parents took me I ended up with a little group of new friends by the time we left. I was a
very "Hi whats your name, where ya from, whatcha doin, whatcha want to be doin?" in-your-face kind of kid.
That all changed instantly when I was put on meds for supposedly having ADHD. I became really serious, lost all sense of humor, sullen quiet and
withdrawn. I hated eye contact, being looked at, addressed in front of other people, talking to strangers, etc.
I was taken off the meds, but the changes stuck. I still get gross, sweaty, uncomfortable in groups and when put on the spot, and around strangers.
Job interviews are always really hard, and I always wonder how that super-outgoing kid would have done.
I've seen both sides of the spectrum, and I can tell you all that being able to find ways to relate to and appreciate strangers is much more
enjoyable than living only inside your own head.