Q&A: What can I do to become more social and away from asocial behavior?
posted on 10/29/2014
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I am an enneagram type 9; introvert - relations oriented person. I am a communicative, quite confident, optimistic kind of person. I love people, maintain warm relationships with my wife, daughter, bretheren and other relatives and I have never been depressed. I am not anxious, do not lack energy, etc... My problem? When I attend some activity alone, where no relationships of mine are present, I will arrive alone and leave alone without haven spoken to anybody. I have been comuting for more than 25 years ... and have never spoken to a co-traveler. At the company, I have good contacts with the colleagues of my department, but none outside of this little circle. When, by some happy accident, I come to meet new people, I will forget their name, what they look like and whatever personal information they tell me almost immediately. I do not have a "social network" and dould not establish one if I wanted to. In fact, I followed all kinds of "interpersonal skills" and assertivity courses, leadership trainings, trainings to improve remembering names, etc.... but all in vain 1. Is there a name for this type of asocial behaviour? 2. what may be the cause? 3. what can I do to become more social?- Zytha
--Ron Fisher, M.D.
State College, PA
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