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Never Socializing is not good

answered 11:35 AM EST, Fri January 25, 2013
anonymous anonymous
I am not married and don’t have any close friends and both my parents are dead. I feel fine though. I like being alone. Everything in society tells me I should not be satisfied with my life. My sister is constantly harassing me to do things with people. I want to know if forcing myself to be with people when I don’t enjoy their company can really be beneficial to my mental health?

Dr. Shirley Schaye Says...

I understand that you like being alone but I think your sister is being caring and concerned to see you all alone. Yes, it's ok to not always want to socialize and be with people but when it's at the point where there NEVER are others then it is of concern. So I would say to you if you never socialize with anyone --- never go to dinner, or to the movies with someone or just for coffee --- meaning if there never is a person in your life then that is a problem. If you would like to discuss this some more just ask me any questions that you may have and I'll do my best to answer. Not knowing anything about you it may be better for you to explore this issue in person with a therapist. Let me know what you'd like to do.

Dr. Shirley Schaye

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