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4. Re: Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms? Jul 6, 2013, 16:07 Prez
 
I hope I get over it like you did Prez when I get older.... at least you have given me some hope in that respect.

This is kind of personal, but no one reads this stuff on Saturdays anyway... Full disclosure: I needed therapy to get over it. One thing the therapist said that really stuck with it me is that there is no call for being ashamed that you prefer your own company. Once I got over the shame of being "weird" (which the therapist helped me undertsand that I actually wasn't) it got a lot easier. In large part it is the self-prescribed stigma of "weirdness" we label ourselves with that makes us withdraw further. I will never be a social butterfly like my wife but at least I'm not on the verge of a breakdown every time I am in a social setting (a small group like you refer to), and I can sometimes even find myself enjoying it now.

This comment was edited on Jul 6, 2013, 16:13.
 
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