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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Why do people want to spend time with you?
I blogged on December 27th that people with social anxiety have some pretty demanding standards that they think they have to satisfy just to get others to spend time with them.  For example, they think they have to be extremely intelligent and have smart things to say.  Is this true?  No!  People who are not smart have friends too. So sounding intelligent is not a prerequisite for people to spend time with you.  In fact, sometimes some people might actually be more uncomfortable if you frequently say smart things. They might not understand you.  They might feel jealous or insecure and not stick around. They might feel you're too removed from the reality of their day-to-day lives and that you couldn't possibly relate to their feelings.  In sum, being very intelligent is neither a prerequisite nor a guarantee that people will feel comfortable around you.
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