Being Your Own.

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  1. a says:

    Oh good you are back. I thought you were gone forever.

  2. Anonymous says:

    from one freakish loner to another, I’m very glad you’re back.

    interestingly, almost 20 years or so ago, I took paxil, and discovered what it was like NOT to give a f*ck about socializing. I could sit at the bar in a restaurant and eat dinner by myself, and chat comfortably and make a ton of friends (the staff of several places doted on me), couples sitting next to me, and I *genuinely* enjoyed myself. it was kind of amazing to be so UNself-conscious. of course, I gained about twenty-five pounds (well-known side effect, and this on a wee person’s frame), but found that even so, no one I talked to gave a crap, and I was even okay with it (previously, I would have thought I was as huge as hippo and would have hidden under my bed). for various reasons, I had to discontinue using it (the hell of coming off the drug is another story), and everything went back to my own ‘normal.’

    all this to say that my experience was proof (to me) that the desire/willingness/happiness about going out and interacting with the world seems to be chemistry dictated by genes, and a variation of ‘normal,’ whatever the hell that is.

    (btw: I am NOT recommending you try ssris or whatnot, they come with a whole host of problems.)

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