Q&A: Why do I get silent, anti-social, when a person I just met makes me feel uncomfortable?
posted on 11/17/2014
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Why do I get silent, anti-social, when a person I just met makes me feel uncomfortable? I've had this issue for quite along time and to be honest I thought I overcame it but.. I guess I didn't. I realize when I meet new people that I'm not familiar with it makes me feel uncomfortable. Actually.. Let's be more clear. There are some new people I meet and I immediately click with or feel comfortable with but with other new people I meet I feel like I can read their facial expressions and body language and the conversation that they aren't enjoying it so I get quiet. And that feeling just carries over to my other conversations with my other friends. I won't talk to anyone after I've been uncomfortable. I hate that feeling. I feel like it hinders me. I hate how that feeling can affect me to not want to talk. Well my question is.. Is this normal? Why do I feel this way? and most importantly how do I overcome this issue once and for all?
--Steven J Chen, Ph.D.
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